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Ben Sarek Black Currant

Original price $19.99 - Original price $24.99
Original price
$19.99 - $24.99
Current price $19.99
SKU E716

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 .

The Scottish Crop Research Institute has created this frost resistant cultivar for the backyard grower. The mildew-resistant and midge-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 of R. nigrum for cross-pollinization. W
e offer well rooted 1-year bushes. USDA Zones 3-8. 

Click here to read our Currant Growing Guide

Size: Bareroot (1-2')


Ask a Question
  • Which of the currants have the most fragrant flowers in springtime. And which one has the largest berry?

    The most fragrant and the largest berries are the Ribes odoratum which are related to, but not same this as black currants. We carry Missouri Giant and Crandall.

  • Can I use another currant like red or white as a pollinator and do I need to plant them close together?

    Black currants need other black currants to cross pollinate, red and white currants are not compatible.

  • The Ben Sarek ( The Black Currant ) would it grow good in a zone 6 ?

    Yes, it should thrive.

  • Does Ben Sarek Black Currant require a pollinizer?

    Yes. Another black currant will do the job.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Andrey A.
Black currant

happy with this plant

jim s.
Black Currant ordering

The ordering process was very easy, the plants arrived in good condition, well protected in the box and within 24 hours they were planted and hopefully will produce great berries.

Great plant

I ordered three currant plants, and they are great!

Cherie T.
Great for small spaces

These are wonderful compact currants. Planted last year in large containers and they are very happy. Good amount of berries forming this year. Bought one Consort regular size currant as well, and it is branching everywhere and very open (taking up lots of space and not necessarily attractive). These guys are dense leafed and are a little under 2 ft by 2 feet and look like attractive little shrubs, so perfect for sneaking in healthy berries into a home garden space.

Dead stick

Neither currant plants that I ordered ever grew a single leaf. They just sticks in a pot of dirt. I planted right away. Cared for them and got nothing.