Working on a harvest the other day and made a quick video showing just how productive black currants are for us, even in the woodland context. Thought I'd get other folks excited to try growing them in partial shade to see how much food and medicine you can get with just a few hours of direct sunlight a day and pretty massive deer pressure. (Lots!)
Well done I am a big big blackcurrent fan . Its so easy to grow and multiply until you have more than enough at ZERO cost plus its got so much vitamin C etc etc taste I cannot understand not growing it . I made 27 jars of jam this week and I doubt that will last me a year ( mainly as the GF likes it so much too ) . I am planning on raising another twenty plants this year . Great in cordials, crumbles with apple , tarts a must in my book
Living in Anjou , France,
For the many not for the few
I planted red and black currents and I do have white pines around. I picked varieties that are resistant to WPBR. Here's the place I got mine (HoneyBerryUSA). Their descriptions mention WPBR resistance and since they're from North of me I figured the plants would be hardy enough..
And here's a better resource I just found for WPBR. It's a form you fill out for the state of Michigan if you want to plant a currant or gooseberry with a list of approved cultivars. Unfortunately the currants I planted are not on that list:(