[NAFEX] black currants

Lee Reich 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
Weedless Gardening
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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