Currant (Ribes)

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Type / Family: Shrub Fruit. Plant genus of the family of the gooseberry plants (Grossulariaceae).
Care: Low
Harvest: Depending on the variety from June to September with red, white or black berries
Foliage: Maple-like fan-shaped and lobed leaves in mid-green
Growth: Taut upright
Ingredients: Rich in vitamin C (blackcurrants have the most)
Height: 100 to 180cm
Location: Sunny. Normal garden soil
Planting time: autumn or spring
Cut: Depending on the currant species. When planting, shorten all shoots by about half
Care: Water in case of dryness. Soft fruit in spring
Wintering: Winter hardy
Diseases / pest:
Powdery mildew: White wipeable coating. Cut off affected shoots. In case of heavy infestation, use spraying agent (observe dosage instructions). Preventively, a plant tonic can be used. Plant resistant varieties. Mainly black currant varieties
Knosspengallmilbe (Cecidophyopsis ribis): Heavily swollen large buds on the shoots. Inside there are thousands of only 0.2mm light gray to white colored gall mites - remove buds and plant less susceptible varieties. Possibly. also inject to shoot
Often they are not self-pollinating and need suitable pollinators in the environment. List can be requested in garden centers and nurseries. Many varieties are considered to be self-pollinating, but with a suitable type of fruit grower produce much higher yields
Shrubs are more durable than high stems
Red currants
Pulp is very sour depending on the variety. Requires occasional pruning to encourage fruiting. In summer, the soil should be kept evenly moist, otherwise there are fewer and smaller fruits
Black berries are more flavorful than red or white. Pulp rather tart and not sour. Annual strong pruning of the side shoots is necessary, as fruits appear only on one-year old wood
Not very tasteful. Slightly sour pulp. Occasional pruning to stimulate fruiting
Varieties (selection)
'Champagne currant: medium early. Small, white-yellow fruits with a fruity champagne flavor
'Jonkheer of Tets: Red currant. Early variety. Long grapes with big dark red fruits. Pulp refreshing sour. Empire-supporting. Enjoyment from mid-June to early July
'Koral: red currant. Medium late. Dark red sugar sweet berries; should be twice as sweet as other redcurrants. Hanging on especially long grapes. Ideal for snacking directly from the shrub. Is considered robust and easy to clean
'Makosta: red currant. Medium late. Big dark red berries. Very aromatic
'Ometa®: blackcurrant. Newer variety. Long grapes with thick plump berries in deep black. Pulp finely sweet and sour. Is considered to be less prone to budgies and mildew. Enjoyment at the beginning of July
'Rolan: red currant. Newer variety. Dense grapes with small bright red firm fruits. Good to pick. Strong growth and very productive. Enjoyable July
'Rondom: red currant. Mid-morning until late. Long densely packed grapes with medium sized glassy red fruits
'Rosalinn: red currant. Tightly clusters of grapes with light pinkish, slightly transparent fruits with a rather sweetish aroma. Is considered robust and healthy. Enjoyment from July
'Rosa Sport: red currant. Mittelsp├Ąt.Bildet pink sweet berries. Robust and easy-care variety. Corresponds with Koral as the sweetest red currant variety
'Rosenthal's Long-Skilled Blacks: Blackcurrant. Long loose grapes with very large black, slightly violet shimmering berries. Pulp tart and sour. Very profitable. Enjoyment in July
'Rosetta: red currant. Long grapes densely populated with bright red berries. Pulp refreshing sour. Enjoyment in the middle of July
'Rovada®: red currant. Also called grape currant. Late. Up to 20cm long wine-like grapes with large bright dark red berries. Flesh sour and with an intense aroma. Very long enjoyment from late July to September. High Yields. It is considered to be resistant to mildew and rust
'Silvergieters Blacks: Blackcurrant. Long grapes with big black berries. Flesh rather mild sweet and sour. Very profitable. Enjoyment from June to the beginning of July
'Telake: red currant. New very disease-tolerant strain. No flowers but almost all flowers ripen to fruits on long dense grapes, which can be harvested already from the end of June. Can hang for a long time, as they do not burst so easily
'Titania®: blackcurrant. Newer variety.Long grapes with very large solid berries in deep black. Flesh with optimal sugar-acidity and very aromatic. High pectin content, therefore good for processing with jelly, marmalade or juice. Valid as mildew resistant and less prone to budgies. Ready for consumption in mid-July, but preserved for a very long time on the bush. From the third year very wealthy
'White Versailles: Also available only as' Versailles. White currant. Long grapes with small greenish-white translucent berries. Flesh refreshing sweetish-sour. Enjoyment at the end of June to the beginning of July. It is considered to be resistant to mildew and rust
Freezing: Place redcurrants (applies to all berries) next to each other on a plate, a plate or a bowl and put them in the freezer compartment. Freeze only and then place in a freezer bag or a freezer tray. So they stick less frozen together so that you can remove them individually and they get less pressure points. In the freezer they last a maximum of 12 months
The juice of red currants that slow down the aging
Remove currant stains
Stains can be removed well with citric acid

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