Currants

Currants

Ribes spp.
Potted plants 1-3 gallon sizes: $15 – 18
Currants are really an unsung hero for the north. They sit alongside their larger and similar cousins, the gooseberries, in the ribes genus. Currants are cold hardy at least to US zone 3, highly nutritious and easy to grow. They are also tolerant of partial shade unlike most fruits.
 The dried fruits sold commercially as currants (those little raisin-like fruits) indeed are raisins, not currants. Commercial dried currants are the corinth grape, often “zante”, the word similarity of corinth and currant appears to have added to the  confusion.
The real currant is a much more flavorful being, various types bearing a variety of tastes. They may be dried as well as any grape, but are a delightful experience fresh off the bush or munched straight out of the freezer. See the individual varieties for a full description of their characteristics.
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