whitecurrant Author Calle Eklund/V-wolf on Wikimedia Commons
The white currant (whitecurrant), sometimes called the pink or yellow currant, is a member of the genus Ribes. The flowers are a pale yellow-green, maturing into translucent berries with a pink to white hue.
White and red
White currant berries are a bit smaller and sweeter . . . → Read More: White currant
Redcurrant Author 3268zauber on Wikimedia Commons
The redcurrant (or red currant), Ribes rubrum, is a member of the genus Ribes in the gooseberry family Grossulariaceae, native to parts of western Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Northern Italy, Northern Spain, Portugal and Poland). It is a deciduous shrub normally growing to 1-1.5 m tall, . . . → Read More: Redcurrant
Blackcurrant Jam Author Oleg Sidorenko from Moscow, Russia on Wikimedia Commons
Variety breeding and selection in the British Isles is all run from the Scottish Crop Research Institute at Invergowrie near Dundee.
“We now routinely select varieties with increased levels of anthocyanins, especially delphinidins, which give the blackcurrant fruit and juice its . . . → Read More: Blackcurrant Varieties
Blackcurrants on Wikimedia Commons
Up until the 1970′s or in some cases the 1980′s blackcurrants were picked by hand into buckets which were then transferred into trays in the field, loaded onto pallets and then onto open sided lorries. Handpicking a large acreage (some growers even then were harvesting between 50 and 100 . . . → Read More: Blackcurrant harvesting
Blackcurrant orchard Author Zorba the Geek on Wikimedia Commons
As growers have become more environmentally aware, they have largely replaced chemical weed control between the rows with plantings of grass or clover mixes, controlled by mowing. This has removed the need for wide-spread herbicide use. In addition, the headlands of plantations . . . → Read More: Blackcurrant Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Blackcurrants in snow Author Nick Smith From Wikimedia Commons
To successfully produce blackcurrants, growers implement a nutrient programme designed to promote growth and yield: nitrogen is directly related to strong plant growth; phosphates for growth, fruit setting and crop yield; potassium promotes growth in individual shoots and increases the weight of . . . → Read More: Blackcurrant Plant Nutrition