Black Currant


Common name : Black Currant

Scientific name : Ribesnigrum

Family : Grossulariaceae

Native land : Temperate parts of Central and Northern Europe and Northern Asia

It is a compact, mounding, deciduous shrub which grows up to 4 feet tall. The plant produces multi-seeded black berries up to 1 cm in size, which ripen in July and August. Clusters of greenish-yellow flowers bloom in spring, and are noticeable but not particularly ornamental. It is primarily for fruit production. Currants may be eaten fresh or used to make jams, jellies and pies. The leaves yield a yellow natural dye and the fruit yields a blue or violet natural dye.

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