Ben Sarek Black Currant
Ribes nigrum 'Ben Sarek'
BLACK CURRANTS ARE PROHIBITED TO DE, ME, NC, NJ, WV, VA, MA, & RI. Rust resistant varieties may be shipped to OH & MI - Ben Sarek is considered rust resistant.
The Scottish Crop Research Institute has created this frost resistant cultivar for the backyard grower. The mildew resistant bush is easily maintained at 3' tall with 2-3' spacing. It is consistently so loaded with large, flavorful shiny fruit that branches may need support and can be shaken to harvest the crop. It ripens a week before Hilltop Baldwin.
Black currants have outstanding health benefits, including high Vitamin C content, up to 5 times that of oranges by weight. They have twice the potassium of bananas and twice the antioxidants of blueberries. The antioxidants, essential fatty acids and potassium in black currants have anti- inflammatory impact, reducing the effects of arthritis. Its antioxidant action has been shown to help prevent cancer. The strong flavor of Black Currants is highly prized in Europe, even fresh, but most Americans prefer them made into
jam, syrup or dried as raisins. Partially self fertile plants produce best with another variety for cross-pollinization. We offer well rooted 1-year bushes. USDA Zones 3-8. Partially self fertile, get 2 different plants for higher production.
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