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Currant variety reccomendations please

Posted by sandsquid 7a Memphis (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 22, 08 at 12:13

After tasting the early results from the Vintners harvest black currant, we have decided that we simply must (no pun intended) add some currants to the garden.
I've been prowling the 'net all weekend and to be quite honest, and bewildered by the sheer number of varieties available

What I would like is a few black, red, and white that are good candidates for wine-making and jelly/jam/preserves, will do well in Zone 7a memphis, and are not _too_ invasive.
not too tall, good yield and easy harvest.

Below is only a partial list of varieties I have considered.

**Black Currants**
Ben Lomond
Ben Sarek
Boskoop Giant
Seabrook's Black
Swedish Black

**Red Currants**
Red Lake
Jonkeer Van Tets
Pink Champagne

**White Currants**
White Imperial Currants

Your input is much appreciated.

Trades of Currant cuttings for Fig and Elderberry cuttings always welcome

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RE: Currant variety reccomendations please

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 24, 08 at 14:46

Unfortunately I have no useful input on this, but would very much appreciate you posting any conclusions you come to here. I have spent the last month studying apples. It seemed like it would be fairly straight forward, but the more I study, the more I realize that there is a HUGE amount of information to analyze regarding apples. I am in the process of making a large spreadsheet with a lot of information from multiple sources. Tons of the information I find is contradicted by other sources. I am going to try to take an "average" of the different conclusions about each aspect of each variety. Even the subject of rootstocks is unbelievably complex. I anticipate being able to pick out which varieties and which rootstock I will choose soon, but I still have a lot of work to go. If you are doing anything like this for currants, I'd sure appreciate the info!

RE: Currant variety reccomendations please

I should add that Rovada is actually a red currant and one of the best, with long strigs and fairly large berries for a red currant.

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