Currants - Ribes family
This perennial bush plant will grow about 4 feet wide and 3 feet tall. It loves moist to wet soil that is well drained and rich in organic matter. This herb plant is able to retain soil moisture during the dry season and maintain nitrogen.
There are 4 different varieties – pink, white, red and black. Black is the most medicinal because of its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
I grow all 4 varieties here in Vermont. The white variety
can grow up to 6 feet in height as the others grow to about 4 -5 feet depending
on the soil.
These are some products I’ve made using this delicious herb. As
another season comes I will have more products and photos of the different
See more about growing a culinary herb garden or medicinal herb garden here. Herb Uses and Herb Chart provide more herbs to try to grow and use.
They’re easy to care for, but are prone to garden pest like the stink bug and aphids. The stick bug and aphids suck the juice and nutrients from the leaves giving them a light green color, i.e. nitrogen. They also lay eggs inside the fruit similar to a fruit fly.
A good organic solution is to hand pick the stinks bugs off and kill them.
Take your garden hose and spray them off along with aphids. Or create a garlic spray and spray them a few times a week until the problem is reduced.
If you have chickens they’re a natural pest control. I let my chickens eat around the currant plants and eat a few while they’re working.