Packed with goodness, these tiny fruits come in red, white and black.
Dormant canes can be planted in winter. Plants can also be propagated from cuttings.
All current varieties require cool-cold winters in order to set fruit. The average minimum winter temperature must be < 4°C.
Fruit is ready to harvest in summer. Look for richly coloured fruit.
Blackcurrent juice is particularly popular with children.
Regardless of colour, currents have very high levels of vitamin C and are a good source of manganese, potassium and iron, with the vitamin C aiding in iron absorption. They are also have useful levels of vitamin E. Black and red currents contain vitamin A and anthocyanosides, which are anti-inflamatory and antibacterial pigments contained within the skin (hence why white currants lack these chemicals).