Ribes spp. (Currant)

Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant) fruits

Ribes spp. (spp. is botanical nomenclature for species) includes over 150 known species, which includes the well known Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant), Ribes aureum (Golden currant) and Ribes uva-crispa (Gooseberry) all of which produce edible fruits and the ornamental flowering Ribes sanguineium (Flowering currant).

Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant)

Ribes nigrum is a deciduous shrub which grows up to 1.8 meters in height and is hardy to UK zone 5. Flowers are self-fertile hermaphrodite and are pollinated by bees/insects.

Edible uses

  • Fruit (raw or cooked)
  • Leaves can be cooked
  • Dried leaves are sometimes used on teas

Medicinal uses

  • Fruits from Ribes nigrum are high in minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C. Also the berries are diaphoretic and diuretic.

Other uses

  • Yellow dye can be made from the leaves
  • Blue/violet dyes can be made from the berries
  • Leaves are sometimes used for vegetable preservation

Wildlife & Eco Gardens can not take any responsibility for the ingestion, use or any adverse reactions from the use of plants. Always seek professional advice before using a plant medicinally.

Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant) flowers

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