We grow many varieties of currants on our farm, including black currants, red currants and white currants. These hardy plants are relatively easy to grow and can thrive in most environments throughout the West. While delicious to eat, currants are also wonderful if grown just for their ornamental properties; birds and other wildlife love them and will flock to sample them in season.
Here at Northwest Berry Patch we grow all of our fruit plants with attention, love, and care to ensure that our customers get the best products possible for their gardens. Our farm is located in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but we ship to customers all across the United States!
Currants are one of the healthiest fruits out there! They are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, protein, fiber, and many other vitamins and minerals including magnesium and potassium. While getting your daily percentage of many vitamins, eating these will help promote healthy digestion, fight off cancerous cells, improve skin health, and more!
These berries do well in jams, juices, mixed with other fruit, and dried. They also make wonderful sauces and can be used, fresh or dried, in cakes, muffins, breads and other baked treats. They offer delicious, tart flavors that will add gusto to many dishes.
These plants can thrive is a variety of soil conditions. They will do best if planted in a well drained area. When selecting a site for planting, keep in mind that these plants live to an average of 10 to 15 years. Plant these in early spring and make sure they get about 1 inch of water a week. They will respond well to fertilizer and other organic matter, especially established plants.
When planting, the branches should be pruned back so that they are 4 to 6 inches in length. In the first year it is important to strip off the blossoms or flower buds in order to promote good root growth.