We've recently planted currants (and also gooseberries) since they have recently been made legal. For many years they had been illegal because they hosted white pine blister virus.
NOTE: Other than coincidentally having the same name, these currants have no relationship to the dried Zante currants, similar to raisins, found in boxes at the grocery store. Like raisins, they're dried grapes, just a different kind of grape than the one that becomes raisins.
We have different varieties of currants, this red variety is Rovada (near the composter), and we have a pink variety called 'Pink Champagne' (near the elderberry).
Here the green flowers are developing into berries.
The bushes are loaded with buds and therefore, fruit. We're developing techniques to get the berries off what are called the "strigs."
We enjoyed the delicate flavor of the currants and the beautiful color when we made them into jam, sauce, and pie.
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