Country of origin: France
Plant: Currant Bush

The currant genus (Ribes) consists of woody shrubs grown for their piquant berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia where it prefers damp fertile soils and is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically. Currants are medium-sized shrubs growing to 1-2 m tall by 1-2 m wide. The leaves are alternate, simple, 3-5 cm long with five lobes and a serrated edge.

Bunches of small, glossy black fruit develop along the stems in the summer and can be harvested by hand or by machine. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, various other nutrients, and antioxidants, and is usually prepared as a variety of sweet or savory foods, such as jams, jellies, juices and liquors.