Red currants are cold hardy medium sized shrubs that with a little care will produce a large harvest of beautiful edible fruit and offer an ecological benefit. The easily harvested spherical crystal-like red fruits gather themselves on strands of stems, offering a clean, refreshing flavor that will awaken your palate. Red currants offer an array of tastes from sweet to very tart.
When harvested, they are best enjoyed by eating fresh, as additions to vegetable, grain, or fruit salads, making sauces, additions to juices or smoothies, for frozen desserts, or made into jams, jellies, or glazes.
Red currants have some familiarity in the U.S. and would probably be the easiest member of the Ribes genus to promote as an alternative fruit crop in a local and regional marketing system.
Red currants are high in vitamin, mineral and phytochemical content when compared to other commonly grown fruits and vegetables. They are known to be rich in vitamin C and potassium, and provide iron, magnesium, and trace amounts of phosphorus, calcium and sodium.
The flowers of the shrubs produce plentiful nectar and pollen, offering value to a diversity of pollinators and offering a positive ecological benefit.
Harvests from the shrub can be prolific and they generally come into bearing within 2 years after planting. Red currants can also be used for hedge plants with their compact and upright growth habit.
Gunther - Red currant received from a friend that originated in Austria. Gunther produces high quality fruit and reliable crops. Our bushes show notable disease resistance in our plantings.
Jonkheer van Tets - The earliest fruiting cultivar of red currant we grow on the farm, with massive fruits of excellent quality. Somehow it also is able to handle European currant worm better than most of the other red and white currants. Large deep red berries have excellent flavor.
Red Lake - A cultivar which is cold hardy, productive, and highly vigorous. Developed by the University of Minnesota at Excelsior and released in 1933. Berries hold well on the bush and are ideal for eating fresh,jellies, preserves, and baked goods.
Rovada - A cultivar with notable harvest sizes and flavor. The dark red fruit is not too tart when ripe and is best used for fresh eating, jams, jellies, juices. It shows notable disease resistance. This is a late blooming and late ripening red currant, which has the potential to extend the season by two weeks or more. This late seasonality also helps it to avoid frost damage. The fruit ripens on long stems, allowing for ease in harvesting.
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"