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Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)

Observed: 24th July 2012 By: hydrurgahydrurga’s reputation in Plantshydrurga’s reputation in Plantshydrurga’s reputation in Plantshydrurga’s reputation in Plants
Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)
Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)
Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)
Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)
Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)
Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)
Description:

3 ids, 8 comments.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Species with which Ribes interacts

Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

all

All three are edible,you can tell the difference when flowering but obviously that is not possible.I would say they are going to be blackcurrants as I have all three and the black are just starting to ripen,makes a lovely wine and jam,jelly must say wine is rather high in alcohol volume.

Fenwickfield

jeremyr's picture

does look like it

curiously, ribes is the danish for redcurrant (they call blackcurrant a sunberry)

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Fenwickfield's picture

scientific

Ribes is the scientific name but I think this shows how important scientific names are as there are so many common names about,blackcurrants are sweeter than red which are rather tart and white in-between.It is one of the easiest plants to propagate and makes a great edible hedge.

Fenwickfield

Fenwickfield's picture

not so

I have blackcurrants which tinge red when young so this is why I have gone for Ribes only as you cannot truly tell till fully ripe.

Fenwickfield

hydrurga's picture

Berries

Thanks for all the comments! The original plant was destroyed in a lovely piece of verge cutting, but I found one very close to it which appears to be the same. The berries on it, and two other close to it, are all taking an age to ripen, possibly due to the weather, but it looks from the last 2 photos uploaded that it is indeed a redcurrant. I'll keep an eye on it just in case.

Fenwickfield's picture

I would agree

I would say it is definitely red currant rather tart to taste but nice.

Fenwickfield

hydrurga's picture

Not enough for wine though

Maybe one glass... :-)

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Fenwickfield's picture

Excellent

Shame there's not enough I am on making two batches of blackcurrant and one raspberry wine.I will have a browse through your site this afternoon.

Fenwickfield