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9386 Congress Street Ext
Trumansburg, NY, 14886
United States

607.342.4953

Edible Acres is a permaculture nursery and food forest farm located in Trumansburg, NY.  Focused on perennial, hardy, useful, edible and resilient plants, we use low and no tech solutions to grow out hundreds of different types of plants for our community and beyond!  We're excited to share what we do with you!

Currants - Red, Black and Jostaberry

Plants for Spring 2019 Shipping

Your order placed now will be collected, carefully packaged and shipped as bare root plants in the early spring when the ground has thawed but the plants haven’t started actively growing. For our climate this is normally sometime between later March and mid-April… We’ll email you shipping confirmation and tracking details as soon as they ship!

TIP: Use the tags above to help filter our offerings by characteristic (ie. click on ‘fruit’ to find any fruit bearing plants we offer, etc.) As we add more and more it is a helpful way to find a plant to fit your goals…

Currants - Red, Black and Jostaberry

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Currants - Red, Black and Jostaberry

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Ribes family
Currants of all types deserve a place in the garden.  Unlike raspberries, they tend to stay where you put them, and only require pruning once in a while.  Red currants produce large clusters of sweet/tart fruit great for fresh eating.  Black currants create larger fruits with very deep and complex flavor.  All types are worth growing for their unique flavors, medicinal value, and ease of management.

We’ve found at our main nursery where deer populations can be absolutely intense that both red and black currants (josta too!) are able to live and produce strong crops with minimal to no damage from deer. In woodland and hedgerow mixed contexts. Such a great family!

Current currant :) offerings at Edible Acres:

Red Currant - This is an unnamed cultivar given by friends a number of years ago.  Incredibly productive, delicious, large red fruit.  Can hang on the cane for weeks at perfect ripeness.

Red Currant - ‘Rovada’  - Considered one of the most promising cultivars, with huge clusters of well formed fruit with excellent eating quality.  Choosing the red option now will give you access to this is we have enough stock, otherwise you get our excellent un-named red.

Black Currant - More productive in the shade than any of the other currants.  The larger, jet black berries have musky, complex, tart flavors that some people adore and some need getting used to.  Very nutrient dense fruit, and an excellent medicinal fruit.

Jostaberry - Incredibly vigorous hybrid between black currant and gooseberry.  We've been very impressed with the rate of growth, quality of fruit and overall health of our plants.  Some people report very limited fruit set on their one bush.  We believe you need at least 2, from different parents (not just a group of clones) to get good pollination, so if you order 2 or more from us we'll put in rooted cuttings from separate parentage to give you better fruiting.

A number of named cultivar varieties are being grown out and will be available at scale as we evolve.  Inquire for more details or to see what may be available in small quantities, including Ben Serek, Slitsa, Red Lake, Crusader, Minaj Smirouj, Belaruskaja, Black Down, Consort, and more.  If you have specific varieties you are really hoping for, by all means let us know and we’ll plan to provide you that as available. Otherwise we’ll give you the best varieties (in our opinion) we have available.

Cuttings Bundle:
We offer a very economical way to get started with your currant patch… Cuttings! Incredibly easy to establish, and an exciting technique to learn so you can expand your plantings in the future very quickly. This bundle will provide you with 10 cuttings of the size we use in our nursery. At least 2-3 nodes, at least 6” long and ready to go. Look below for a video showing how we plant hardwood cuttings. You’ll get a mix of black and red currants as we have available, unless you let us know specifically what types you are hoping for. Cuttings are labeled, freshly harvested and excited to root and grow!

Size:
Between 3’ to  5’ on average but can get 6’ or more in ideal conditions. Josta can get much larger but we haven’t seen it yet.

Site Preference:
Loves sunny site with rich soil, but we get decent production even into the woods.  Great candidate for the forest garden edge.  Black currant types in particular are excellent shade tolerant crops.

Hardiness:
Zone 3

Rooted Plant or Cuttings?:
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