[NAFEX] Clove currants

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Wed Aug 13 11:48:35 EDT 2008

> I think if you let clove currant get thoroughly ripe, you might enjoy 
> it. I really like the fruit. Then again, Crandall is not a clone, so 
> there is some variation.

Thanks, Lee. I didn't realize that. I just assumed that 'Crandall' clove 
currants were all clones. And note that this was the ONLY named cultivar 
of clove currants I found when I was looking for plants. On the 
Internet, there was considerable disagreement about whether or not clove 
currants needed cross-pollination - and even whether or not there were 
separate male and female plants - so I would have loved to find another 

I ended up getting one seedling clove currant, instead, but the berries 
are REALLY small. Then again, since they taste terrible, I guess I don't 
care much about the berry size. :)

I'll keep trying them. Maybe I'll learn to like them,... eventually.

PS. Do they ripen once they're picked? I do have a hard time finding 
completely ripe berries, since the birds get them pretty quickly. And 
they don't seem to be worth netting.

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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