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Currant Plants

Currant plants are easy-to-grow, compact shrubs that produce large clusters of edible berries. Currants come in a range of colors like black, red, white, pink and yellow, depending on the variety, and they can all be used fresh or in jams, juices, syrups, preserves, and baking. Currants were once grown regularly in the Northeastern United States, since the fruit is known for its high antioxidants and nutrition content — especially vitamin C. Most cultivated varieties of currant were bred in Europe, Asia, Russia, and parts of North America, which translates to the plant’s exceptional cold hardiness. With uniquely-shaped foliage and attractive berries, a currant plant makes a nice edible landscape addition and you can plant several in a row for a charming fruiting hedge.

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