Black currant is high in vitamin C and antioxidants. The dark fruit is ready to harvest in July and can be used in syrups, smoothies, baked goods, dried and in jams. We also enjoy drying the leaves and including it in our loose leaf teas as the mood strikes us.
Ben Nevis black currant is a relatively easy plant to grow and care for. It enjoys well drained soil with some moisture retention. While the plant can withstand some shade it prefers full sun. Growing 3 feet across and 4 feet high it is a wonderful plant as a loose hedge or windbreak for an exposed garden area. Fruit is produced mostly on one and two year old wood, thereby making it relatively easy to prune.