It has full sun. We water regularly. The flowers are really tasty; I pick them off from the clusters and scatter them over a salad, they taste sweet and curranty. The flower heads are dangling raceme that resemble bunches of grapes before the flowers open. Here are a few ideas on simple things to do with the flowers and young leaves. You can also use their small berries in summer and autumn, these are rather a poor prize – as if the plant has used up all of its deliciousness in spring! Thank you , You have so much information about “flowering” currant plants…BUT, I have a lovely 12 yr old bush that has NEVER bloomed~~!!?? Shrub – Mix your flowering currant vinegar with your flowering currant syrup/cordial, to make a shrub. A deciduous shrub, the flowering currant bush makes a good informal hedge. Collect the cuttings around March. It can grow that wide too, but I have trained mine to grow as an upright column. They can also be sprinkled over savoury and sweet dishes. Place just under two cups of blossoms and lemon rinds in largeish mason jar and pour over with vodka. What does it look like? Ribes sanguineum. Your email address will not be published. Thanks, If you are in the “mmmm…delicious” camp, enjoy getting sticky nectar fingers as you pick them. I discovered (thanks to an awesome foraging group on Facebook!) In gardens, it’s kept mainly as an ornamental groundcover. The taste ranges from bland to sweet, and the texture from mealy to juicy, depending on growing location and sub-species characteristics. March 27, 2017 August 15, 2017 / themullberrysprite. You may want to rejuvenate the bush. You can dry the flowers and leaves for future use, though they do lose a fair bit of their fruitiness. Increase their natural sweetne… Family: Grossulariaceae (gooseberry) Botanical Name: Ribes Common Names: flowering currant, red-flowered currant Red flowering currant, blood currant, winter currant and pink-flowering currant. All Rights Reserved. Especially when it tastes as delicious as flowing currant cordial. Making flowering currant cordial is a a good way to start your foraging journey. Pink flowering currant … Continue reading "Red flowering currant" Sorry, i’m not sure I can be much help here. r/foraging: Info on finding, identifying, harvesting and cooking wild edible food. Dark berries are produced in the fall, but do not taste good and are best left for birds to enjoy. Flowering Currant Cordial Recipe. Depending on the condition of the plant, various pruning methods can be applied. These plants grow wild here, but this specimen happens to grow in Rotary Park here on Salt Spring Island. Usually when I think of Spring flower cordials it is Elderflower that springs (!) This backs up information given on foraging courses led by The Foraging Course Company. Current Flowerings Cocktail… Gin, cocchi rosa, flowering currant cordial, magnolia & cherry blossom bitters. Gather Victoria shares recipes to infuse the flowering currants in different mediums. You’ll doubtless be in the company of some early bees, seeking their share too, but these are prolific flowerers and there is plenty to grow around, including loads you won’t be able to reach in fully grown shrubs. The Golden currant (Ribes aureum) is a flowering shrub that’s native to North America and grows best in areas abundant in groundwater like areas near creeks or bottom of canyons. My favourite is Ribes sanguineum or red flowering currant. FLOWERING CURRANT CORDIAL. Tips on spring foraging: Don't venture to B.C. Wild flower champagne infusing. It is one of the first thing to flower in the garden and the scent is incredible as you walk past. ... Upcoming Foraging … Flowering Currant takes the form of a deciduous shrub up to 2.5 metres (8 feet) tall. Red Flowering Currant is an upright shrub that grows 5-10 feet tall. Always stay safe when foraging. Ornamental forms are some of the earliest flowering spring shrubs and very easy to grow. Directions. The berries can be used to make jams, jellies, cordials, wine, syrup, fruit leather, and chutneys, but need more sugar than other currants, Use in herbal medicine Not used medicinally, If you are suffering from any ailment or need medical advice, please see your General Practitioner, Importance to other species Provides an important food source for pollinators, particularly bees. © 2021 Galloway Wild Foods. As a member of the same family of blackcurrant and redcurrants, Flowering Currant bears a strong structural resemblance to these. Native American peoples, wild foragers, and sustainable gardeners have and continue to value this plant as food using the berries both fresh and dried. I have not had much experience yet with alcohol foraged mixes. I’ve tried mixing the currant vodka with soda water and it’s refreshing but needs something else. Red flowering currant is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 13′ tall, but generally ranges from 5′-7′ tall, depending on growing conditions. Uses: Scatter flowers on salads, pickle flowers, make a syrup or cordial, infuse vinegar, gin or vodka, dry them or freeze them for later. Sharon. Stems lack thorns and have reddish-brown bark. Pink Flowering currant is a five foot deciduous shrub with long showy pink flower clusters that cover the plant in January to March. If in doubt, leave it out! Ribes sanguineum Somerset White is a fabulous new variety with bushy, branching growth that bears many pendent clusters of attractive pure white flowers during April and May. An ornamental shrub that has naturalised and can be found mostly in woodland and hedgerows, but also in more open areas, Lobed palmate leaves with a sweet sage/rosemary-like smell when rubbed or crushed, Dangling panicles of flowers (resembling a bunch of grapes before opening), Individual flowers can be red, pink or white and have five petals, Fragrance of flowers sweet sage/rosemary-like, but less strong than leaves, Flowers followed by berries that mature to a dark purple with a grey cast on their surface. This currant likes shade to part shade, moderate water … I think I’ve mentioned her yard in previous posts…anytime I wonder where my bees are foraging I have only to walk up the block to find them somewhere in her garden. In my opinion, there’s no better activity than making cordial from flowers you’ve picked! This is due to the presence of a number of thiol containing compounds, some of which are also present in cat pee. 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