Currants and gooseberries
Does anyone grow these? I understand there are laws in place in NC that disallow the growing of currants and gooseberries. From what I can gather, this harkens back to the days when there were white pine plantations in the state and currants and gooseberries were blamed for the spread of white pine blister rust (WPBR). After some reading, it seems the biggest culprit for spreading WPBR is the European black currant (Ribes nigrum).
SO, would anyone have any fear/guilt about planting varieties that are resistant to WPBS? I'm looking for good shade fruit options, and gooseberries seem like a great choice, aside from the legality issues.