Currants; reds and blacks and whites and pinks

With the exception of the pink champagne my currants are producing. I wanted to post some impressions to see if this is typical for the color.

Black currant, Consort. The bush has the strongest unpleasant currant smell. The fruit kinda tastes like it, not a good thing. The skin is very thick. Is this the norm for black currants?

Red currant, Rovana. Good producer, thin skin. Acidic to the point of not being a good fresh eating berry but I can work with this.

White currant, Imperial. Now this is a fantastic fruit. Thin skin. Sweet. Extremely good for fresh eating but just about the entire crop gets earmarked for preserves because I then use it to make candied jalapeños, a family favorite. Bonus observation: All other currants propagate easy via cuttings but I have not been able to get this one to root yet.

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Dear Don, I have grown all of the currants you have mentioned. Black currants are meant to be cooked. They are used in pies, tarts, jams, jellies, candy etc. Red currents and the other colors are all meant to be cooked as well. Those are used for making too ‘seedy’tarts but mostly jelly. They are not meant to be grown for ‘Fresh’ eating. I have grown them for over 40 years.

There is nothing better than good black currant jam!

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We found white currants to be perfectly edible by themselves. Then again we have a predilection for sour fruits. Heck my daughter is an extreme; she doesn’t care for sweet cherries but loves eating sour cherries.

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i eat both but like the sour cherries more. planted a primus white the spring of last year. it barely grew so i dug and moved it to a better spot and it took right off. my favorites are the blacks for processing. they make the absolute best jam and juice ever! the juice tastes alot like concord but richer. i barely add any sugar and its fabulous! i have 43 bushes started all over the property 3 years ago from pruning’s of 2 tiben black currants i got from Drew51. just stuck cuttings in late april and put some mulch around them. almost all took and grew with 0 care. i just been adding wood chips around them each spring to keep the weeds down. most are about 4ft. tall and have a good crop on them now. another week or 2 it be up to my ears in b. and red currants.

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