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Ribes Links
  • UMN Currants & Gooseberries.
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialty Crop Profile: Ribes (Currants and Gooseberries)
  • University of Kentucky Extension - Gooseberries and Currants
  • Penn State Disease Descriptions
  • UMN White Pine Blister Rust, Polish study 1999
  • USA Gardener recommends pruning the canes back to 2 buds for transplanting
  • Organic Black Currant Production Manual
  • IBA Recipes
  • Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries: A Guide for Growers, Marketers by Barney, Hummer
  • Mosaic Virus treatment
  • Martha Stewart's blog
  • 5 min "jam"
  • Kvass

  • Ben Sarek and Ben Hope
    Ribes nigrum Ben series of black currants from the Mylnefield Research Station in Scotland, estimated to account for 50% of global production.

    GROWING NOTES
  • Currants only fruit on wood produced the previous year.
  • After planting, cut the shoots down to leave about 2 buds above ground level. This will encourage a strong root system to develop. Do not cut away any shoots the following winter.
  • In the third or fourth winter, cut some of the old wood out of the bush and any crossing or crowded shoots, to make room for new shoots the following year. As a general rule, it is best to cut out a third of the old wood each year, making the cut as close to the soil level as possible.
  • Currants are self-pollinating.
  • Keep the bushes well watered especially the first year, and mulching is beneficial.
  • Supposedly... gooseberries like a feeding of 25-ppm phosphorous, calcium nitrate just before flower, after flower, and 4 weeks later, 200 ppm magnesium, 80 ppm postassium (K-Mag is a good product), late August OK to apply

    PEST CONTROL
  • AzaGuard® Omri listed (organic) INSECTICIDE / NEMATICIDE good for leaf hoppers
  • Crandall blossoms
    Jostaberry blossom
    Chernaya Lisovenko autumn transplants



    HARVESTING NOTES
    We don't have a video yet of harvesting currants or gooseberries with our ATRAX harvester, but the shake and drop method works well on them as it does with haskap/honeyberries, as long as you let the fruit ripen long enough so that it can be shaken off.

    FAQ


    Recipes

    Raspberry-Currant Dessert
    3 c raspberries
    1 c black currants

    3/4 c sugar
    3 T butter
    1 tsp b. powder
    1 c flour
    1/4 t salt
    1/2 c milk

    1 c sugar
    1 T cornstarch
    1/2 c boiling water

    Spread berries into 9x2 pan. Cream together 3/4 c sugar, butter, baking powder, flour, and salt. Mix milk into dry ingredients. Spread batter on top of berries. Combine 1 c sugar and cornstarch. Sprinkle over batter. Pour 1/2 c boiling water over mixture, don’t stir. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes. You can use any fruit in this recipe. Rhubarb also does well but for less tart fruits you may want to cut down on sugar. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.

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    Please view state restrictions if you live in Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Rhode Island, Virginia or West Virginia.
    White Pine Blister Rust (WBPR) information: APS Journal 2015 and Forest Pathology 2010.
    If you are not allowed to grow currants in your state, we encourage you to try HONEYBERRIES! They grow into a bush similar to currants, but are juicier and have thinner skins and smaller seeds with an explosive wonderful flavor!

    All Ribes varieties listed below typically grow 3-6' tall. Plants below are usually shipped bare root or "plugs" - i.e. 2.5" - 3" wide/deep in a peat "plug", which transplants very nicely. Some plants we grow ourselves, others we bring in from other propagators. Most plants are over around 1' tall, some more, some may be less. All varieties on this page may be combined for quantity discounts on the drop-down list. Please Contact us for wholesale pricing for quantities not listed.
     

    BLACK CURRANTS

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    Ben Sarek
    Early ripening cultivar good for the fresh market with high yield and large berries. It forms a small, compact bush of medium vigour and would be suitable for the grower looking for high yield per unit area. Easy to manage and harvest. Not recommended for juice. The plant is distinctively shorter than most other black currants – about 3 feet high. Consequently the sturdy canes remain more upright even without trellis and with the extra heavy load they normally bear. While Ben Sarek has some of the largest berries of any black currants, the clusters are short and hang close to the canes. This last characteristic slows picking down a trifle, but their size and flavor make up for that. The berries have good flavor and tend to have a tough skin, the place where flavor and nutrients normally concentrate. The yield tends to be high and the crop tends to mature more uniformly than others, providing a concentrated harvest time. The plant is powdery mildew resistant. Ben Sarek was developed by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, where all the “Ben” series of black currants have been developed.

    Ben Sarek Black Currant


    Chernaya Lisovenko
    A medium-late ripening selection from Europe, this black currant is a vigorous grower with colorful auburn leaves in the fall. Delicious larger berries suitable for fresh eating or processing. Has a slightly "fruitier" taste than the Ben series. Chernaya Lisavenko is a tasty and productive Russian black currant cultivar released by the Gardening Research Institute of Siberia in 1985. It was secured from the University of Minnesota in the late 1980s. Russians, Ukrainians, Polish and other eastern and northern Europeans love the berry for its authentic flavor. The plants are upright, vigorous, disease resistant and productive. The berries are suitable for all purposes. One of our customers observed it remained WPBR free when other black currants in neighboring rows were infected so we have sent plants for official field testing, results available hopefully by 2021.

    SOLD OUT until fall 2021

    Consort - a disease resistant parent of Titania.
    Released in 1948. Origin: Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. These cultivars are known in North America and Europe for their resistance to white pine blister rust. Their gene for resistance comes from R. usuriense Jancz. Each of these cultivars demonstrated similar disease resistance qualities under Corvallis conditions. They ripened early, had a moderate yield, and small fruits (0.69 to 0.75 g/berry). All three were harvested on 29 June 1995. The plants were infected with gray mold, mildew, and leaf spot. No infection of white pine blister rust was observed on any of these plants. These cultivars are recommended where commercial plantings of R. nigrum cultivars are desired but where the pressure of white pine blister rust is high. Their yield and fruit quality do not attain European standards.

    Consort Black Currant


    Titania is a vigorous Swedish variety developed in the 1980s, a child of Consort black currant. Avg. height 40" (103 cm) width 34" (87 cm) fruit size 81 g Flowers/truss 5.6 (inspection.gc.ca) resistant to White Pine Blister Rust and powdery mildew except "now the Cr gene for rust resistance has been broken in the North Eastern US. They have strains of rust that we do not have in the west. The cultivars ‘Consort’ ‘Crusader’ and ‘Titania’ are susceptible to rust in the Northeast." apsjournals 17 Aug 2015

    Self-pollination and Self-fertility in Eight Cultivars of Black Currants showed that Titania had the lowest degree of self-fertility so we recommend ordering another black currant for cross-pollination.

    Titania Black Currant



    Belorusskaya, (Belaruskaja) a Russian variety, on the sweeter side, very nice for people not accustomed to the typical strong black currant flavor. Disease resistant but one of our customers verifies it got WPBR.

    Belaruskaja Black Currant


    Minaj Smyriou/Minaj Shmyrev/Minaj Smyreu is from Bulgaria. An early ripener, its mild flavor and thin skin may be more appealing to some people than stronger flavored varieties. It is very productive and vigorous, requiring extra pruning. Resistant to White Pine Blister Rust.

    Minaj Smyriou Black Currant


    Risager is another personal favorite of the propagator for fresh eating. Disease resistant.

    Risager Black Currant


    Crandall Clove Currant Ribes odoratum Native to North America. Our propagator reports: "This is not (like a European) black currant except in color. It ripens much later, is sweeter without the black currant muskiness. The yellow flowers in spring are spicy sweet and the bush is large (5′-6′) and open and has lovely fall color. Additional info from one of my customers: The Crandall selection was from a wild stand of ribes odoratum found by a farmer west of Newton, KS in 1888.  He developed the strain, which had extra sweetness and larger berry size. The original stand is gone now and I don’t remember who sent me my original plant thirty years ago, but I got a better strain from Colorado about 20 years ago.  Some Crandalls bear better than others and because they are hard to root, I suspect that some nurseries are selling seedlings." For more info see Missouri Botanical Garden Our variety is tentatively cold hardy at least down to zone 3.

    Crandall Black Currant

    PINK CURRANTS

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    Gloire des Sablons

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    Gloire des Sablons Pink Currant

    Ribes rubrum Produces long clusters of beautiful pink fruit. Productive, compact, vigorous plant.

    Gloire des Sablons Currant

    Pink Champagne

    Mid- to late-season. Pink Champagne is the result of a cross between red and white currants, is free of leaf diseases, and is the “champagne” of currants. The attractive, translucent, pink-blush berries are born on medium long clusters, are sweeter than reds, of high quality and flavor. Often consumed fresh, they make beautiful sparkling gourmet juice, jelly, jam, syrup, toppings and pies, and add an attractive sparkle to almost any salad. They may be blended for any purpose with white, red and black currants, gooseberries and other berries and fruits. This variety typically yields less than the average red and white currant cultivars.

    Pink Champaigne Pink Currant

    RED CURRANTS

    Ribes rubrum
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    Rovada

    Rovada

    Mid-late season Rovada produces heavy crops of large translucent berries born in long clusters. It can be eaten fresh or processed into sparkling red jams or jellies. Sweet-tart flavor. Not as tart as Red Lake but tarter than some other varieties. Very reliable, as it is late to flower, avoiding frosts. This enables growers to extend the harvest season for a month or longer if the weather is moderate and not too hot. Rovada was developed in the Netherlands by L. M. Wassernaar and released in 1980. While many sources say it is resistant to powdery mildew, the U of Kentucky says otherwise regarding WPBR or powdery mildew.

    Rovada Red Currant

    Jonkheer van Tets

    Very early ripening, JVT is vigorous, very productive, disease resistant, easy to harvest, and has attractive berries of excellent flavor. Midsize berries. Hardy, upright easy-picking bush. WPBR restitant, not powdery mildew resistant. JVT was released by J. Maarse, Netherlands, 1941. After more than 70 years, this early season variety continues to be the leading variety in Northern Europe and is fast catching on in the USA even though it has been reported to not perform as well in real wet climates or with continuous rains during harvest.

    Jonkeer Van Tets Red Currant

    Red Lake

    "Mid- to late-season. Fruit are large, firm, light red, and sub-acid. Has high juice content and easy-to-pick long strigs. Plants are productive, upright, dense, and hardy. Susceptible to mildew. Has a low tolerance to frost. (source: Virginia Cooperative Extension) Our tartest variety. More info

    Red Lake Red Currant

    Rolan

    A cross between Jonkheer Van Tets and Rosetta from the Netherlands, Rolan is a great producer, growing 3-5' tall with dense foliage. Excellent berries for fresh eating or preserves.

    Rolan Red Currant

    WHITE CURRANTS

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    White Pearl

    Blanka

    Late-season. Blanka is a disease resistant, vigorous, very productive plant with a spreading tendency. Because it blooms late, it escapes late spring frosts and matures late, thus enabling a longer season of white currants. Blanka’s translucent white berries are borne on unusually long strigs. Blending red raspberry juice with white currant juice makes an exquisite beverage. Fully ripened, sweet white currants also make delightful desert wines. Blanka was bred by J. Cvopa at Bojnice, Slovakia, and released in 1977. It has the same Minnesota connection that Tatran and Primus do, having Red Lake as one of its parents.

    Blanka White Currant

    Imperial

    Mid-season. Pinkish white berries are medium sized, sweet, juicy, and rich-flavored. Resistant to powdery mildew, not resistant to WPBR. From ARS Corvallis: "R. rubrum L. cv. White Imperial RIB 120.001 Synonyms: Imperatorskaja Belaja Origin: S. Willard from Geneva, New York named this cultivar about 1890. This cultivar ripened mid-season and was moderately-high yielding. The fruit (0.59 g/berry) was harvested on 7 July 1995. The plant was resistant to gray mold and mildew and was slightly infected with leaf spot. This cultivar is recommended for u-pick and commercial production."

    Imperial White Currant

    Primus

    Translucent white fruit with a sweet, intense flavor. The attractive plant is upright, vigorous, and produces good yields of high quality, flavorful berries. Primus is a very attractive plant as its leaves have a distinctive red tinge and young shoots are almost entirely red. Primus is a late-season white currant variety that was bred by J. Cvopa at Bojnice, Slovakia, and released in 1977. It has the same Minnesota connection that Tatran and Blanka do, having Red Lake as one of its parents. Resistant to White Pine Blister Rust and powdery mildew.

    Primus White Currant

    White Pearl White Currant

    Ribes rubrum These currants produce heavy clusters of white, translucent berries with a pink blush. Deliicious in jams or jellies, they can also be eaten fresh.

    White Pearl White Currant


    GOOSEBERRIES

    FAQ

    Ripening order: Invicta, Hinnomaki Red, Tixia, Black Velvet, Jeanne (others unknown)
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    Invicta

    Amish Red

    Ribes grossularia American origin, very productive large bush with medium sized, bright red berries, not susceptible to mildew.

    Amish Red Gooseberry

    Black Velvet

    R. divaricatum x R. hirtellium Very heavy yields of small to medium sized red-black berries on a vigorous bush. Mildew and disease resistant. Up to 6' tall. Listed as zone 4 but so far surviving our zone 3 climate.

    Black Velvet Gooseberry

    Captivator

    Ribes hirtellum "Cross of American and European cultivars and is resistant to powdery mildew. It has antique red teardrop-shaped fruit and is nearly thornless. It a late season variety with great flavor..." Source: Cornell Ribes Culture Review

    Captivator gooseberry

    Hinnomaki Red

    Ribes uva-crispa "Developed in Finland. Hinnonmaki Red fruit are medium size; skin is tart, but the flesh is sweet, aromatic and has very good flavor. Plants are short, moderate in vigor, and upright to slightly spreading." Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialty Crop Profile: Ribes (Currants and Gooseberries). Thorny.

    Hinnomaki Red Gooseberry

    Invicta

    Ribes uva-crispa Early- to mid-season. Fruit are large and pale green with a bland flavor. This cultivar is often used for processing, where it provides an even color and flavor. Plants are large and very productive, and have numerous spines. Resistance to mildew (but not to other leaf spots) is good. Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialty Crop Profile: Ribes (Currants and Gooseberries).

    Invicta Gooseberry

    Jahn's Prairie

    Ribes oxycanthoides 4-5' tall, upright growth. "Disease resistant and produces high quality, dark red, dessert gooseberries. This plant was selected by Dr. Otto L. Jahn from a native population of the species growing in Alberta, Canada, in 1984. The species is native in the northern prairies of the U.S. and Canada. Cuttings were propagated, grown and field evaluated as RIB 139 from 1991 to the present. The cultivar is named in memory of Dr. Jahn, who was the first curator for the National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Covallis, Oregon." Source: USDA Ag Research Service

    Jahn's Prairie Gooseberry

    Jeanne

    Jeanne is a disease and pest resistant, high quality, dark-red, dessert gooseberry cultivar. It is a late-ripening, dark red dessert gooseberry with an unknown mixed European/American gooseberry pedigree. JEANNE should be suitable for commercial gooseberry production or home plantings. The yield of JEANNE is higher than from most gooseberries, with production of about 1.5 kg/3+ lbs per plant. The leaves are highly resistant to powdery mildew. Even more in its favor, the leaves of JEANNE are also highly resistant to white pine blister rust. They have very few pesky spines. More info at USDA Ag Research

    Jeanne Gooseberry

    Pixwell

    Ribes hirtellum We wait until the berries turn dark blue/purple and they tasted deliciously sweet tart and weren't hard to pick even in the midst of some pricklies. Others say: "Early- to mid-season. Fruit are large and pale green with a bland flavor. This cultivar is often used for processing, where it provides an even color and flavor. From North Dakota. Plants are large and very productive, and have numerous spines. Resistance to mildew (but not to other leaf spots) is good." Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialty Crop Profile: Ribes (Currants and Gooseberries).

    Pixwell gooseberry

    Poorman

    Grower feedback rates it as one of the best, especially for those looking for a sweet gooseberry. Developed in Utah from an American x European cross, released in 1888. Early to mid season, the 3/4 - 1' long oblong shaped fruits turn pink/red when ripe. Vigorous, high yielding, almost thornless, plants reach 3-4' height. Hardiness Zones 4-10 but we will be trialing it here in zone 3 and usually do best in zone 7 and lower. Missouri Botanical Garden info and YouTube. tanyasgarden.blogspot.com

    Poorman Gooseberry

    Tixia

    "Mid- to late-season. Recent introduction, large cultivar, noted for semi-thornless character, and red fruit; vigorous and productive. Resistant to mildew." Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialty Crop Profile: Ribes (Currants and Gooseberries).

    Tixia(TM) Gooseberry


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    Jostaberry

    Jostaberry

    Black currant x R. divaricatum Very vigorous. Grows 5-8' tall and 4-5' wide. Cross between a gooseberry and black currant, high in Vitamin C. Disease resistant shrub, easy to grow. Produces delicious large, dark colored, sweet-tart fruit for fresh eating and processing, but takes a few years to produce and may not yield as high as currants or gooseberries. Pruning recommended.

    Red Josta Jostaberry
       

       

       


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