Black Currant: the Ribena plant





Anyone who goes berry picking at pick-your-own farms will be familiar with the black currant (Ribes nigrum) bush and most people will know the berry even if they do not know the plant, the berry being the source of Ribena (ribes = current) of course!
It is easy to forget that this plant does occur naturally in the wild and although the books say its common I have not encountered it that often but then it does have a preference for damp woodland which maybe I have not visited that often. There are occasional bushes elsewhere and these will have been spread by birds taking the berries.
The red currant is very similar, the black current has larger leaves that are aromatic.
Black Currant: the Ribena plant

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