Black currants are a cold-hardy, shade tolerant, shrub that produces an flavorful edible fruit. What more could you want? This plant is the definition of high value in a garden or on a farm.
Black currants have a unique flavor popularly known through most of the world. They are excellent eaten fresh or prepared in cooked dishes, whether sweet or savory, such as preserves, sauces, and reductions. They are also great for juicing, making wine, and fruit liqueurs.
The fruit is a great source of Vitamic C and omega fatty acids. Consort is self-fertile, so you can plant one and still enjoy a bountiful crop. The white flowers give way to the deep black crisp fruits, which ripen between June and July in our area.
The shrub is productive and generally comes into bearing within 2 years after planting. They make for great hedge plants, as their form is both compact and upright.
Ben Sarek - a rust and mildew resist cultivar. It is compact and mounding in growth habitat.
Consort - Consort is a productive rust resistant European black currant. It was bred and selected in Canada for immunity to White Pine Blister Rust. (These are sold in 13" deep tree pots.)
Crusader - (Ribes nigrum x R. ussuriense) - A hardy, rust immune Canadian hybrid black currant from the same breeding program as Consort. Crusader provides consistent harvests of large flavorful fruit that is great for jams, juices and wine.
Improved Open Pollinated - These are cuttings taken from open pollinated children of a mix of Prince Consort and Slitsa parentage. So far they are showing great vigor.
Minaj Smyriou - a very cold hardy, productive, early season, self fertile introduction from Bulgaria. Minaj smyriou produces heavy crops of tasty black currants on a manageable sized bush. This variety is resistant to white pine blister rust and mildew.
"Super Improved" - Vigorous growth, large berry size, and incredibly abundant harvests make this black currant a true winner that we are incredibly excited about growing.
Height at maturity: 3-6'
Spread at maturity: 3-6'
Hardiness Zones: 4-8
Container Size: 1 gallon
Height at time of sale: 12-18"