[NAFEX] black currants
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Sat Nov 14 17:27:43 EST 2009
What varieties of black currant do you grow?
Lee Reich, PhD
Books by Lee Reich:
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
Landscaping with Fruit
On Nov 14, 2009, at 2:26 PM, Alan Haigh wrote:
> Richard noted "At the New Hampshire NAFEX meeting we visited a small
> fruit grower who
> had several long rows of 'Consort'. Turns out it was wasted space as
> he could not sell the fruit, even to those who had tasted other
> cultivars of black currants."
> I would suggest that this was due to poor marketing and a lack of
> understanding of the fruit by the grower. Of course most Americans
> would have no desire for the raw fruit of Consort. It needs to be
> cooked and sweetened in some way to be pallatable to most of us.
> Consort and Crusader have a very strong cat pissy taste and odor
> when raw and are much too tart for most people. Flash cook a bunch
> of them and put in a blender with fresh apple cider, pass the
> mixture through a strainer and drink. If that doesn't immediately
> reveal the possibilities of even the strongest tasting black
> currants to you nothing will.
> I am still not convinced that the fact that the ribes that are
> particularly susceptible to PBR are necessarily likely to infect
> nearby white pines. I'm not saying they aren't but some actual
> evidence of infection rates being increased on white pine in the
> vicinity of susceptible ribes would be convincing. I admit to being
> largely ignorant on this issue and am asking for some more specific
> evidence out of curiosity.
> My susceptible black currants and many white pines continue to
> coexist without any disease. Maybe I've just been lucky.
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