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Black Currant

Ribes nigrum

Plant Data

Order:
Saxifragales
Family:
Grossulariaceae (Currant)
Type:
Deciduous shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Red, 5 petals
 
5 reddish crimson petals, hanging in clusters. Individual flowers up to 1.5cm.
Fruit:
Dark purple to black berries.
Leaves:
Deciduous. The leaves are simple, alternate, palmate with 5 lobes and serrated edges. Similar to Red Currant leaves but slightly larger and aromatic.
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The fruit are edible raw or cooked. They contain many antioxidants and are high in vitamin C. The currants can also be used to make tea, syrup, jelly and jam.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The entire plant, leaves, flowers etc. has a strong and pleasant aroma.
Other Names:
European Blackcurrant.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Fens, gardens, hedgerows, woodland.