Ribes spp. (spp. is botanical nomenclature for species) includes over 150 known species, which includes the well known Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant), Ribes aureum (Golden currant) and Ribes uva-crispa (Gooseberry) all of which produce edible fruits and the ornamental flowering Ribes sanguineium (Flowering currant).
Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant)
Ribes nigrum is a deciduous shrub which grows up to 1.8 meters in height and is hardy to UK zone 5. Flowers are self-fertile hermaphrodite and are pollinated by bees/insects.
- Fruit (raw or cooked)
- Leaves can be cooked
- Dried leaves are sometimes used on teas
- Fruits from Ribes nigrum are high in minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C. Also the berries are diaphoretic and diuretic.
- Yellow dye can be made from the leaves
- Blue/violet dyes can be made from the berries
- Leaves are sometimes used for vegetable preservation
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