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natasha todd wrote:Here in the UK blackcurrant cordial is one of the most popular big brand drinks for kids. I had no idea it wasn't in the American pallet.  Balckcurrent jam, cordial, sorbet, compote or alcohol are probably the most popular ways to consume blackcurrant in the UK.

it used to be popular here until WPBR appeared and then war was declared on all Ribes. very sad as they are such a easy plant to grow in the north and don't need sprays to produce some of the most nutritious fruit on the plant. blackcurrant jam is the best jam I've ever tasted hands down! Ribes nigrum is still illegal to plant here in Maine.
 
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Nick Kitchener wrote:I happen to be researching appropriate guilds for ribes. Rhubarb is a good border plant, as is horseradish. Strawberries do well as a ground cover. Asparagus go well amongst the blackcurrants/jostaberries because they shade the ribes during the hottest part of the year when they need some shade.

Then as an overstory you have elderberry, golden/clove currents, and seaberry which have the added benefit of being a good physical barrier and fix Nitrogen.

our summers are usually pretty cool but i have 6  70ft. spruces to my west so my currants are shaded from 2pm till' dark. they also break the wind so it creates a sort of micro climate closest to the trees. they grow very well there. i also have thimbleberry, blackberry and salmonberry there and they do well as they are all shade tolerant.
 
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