Color varies from bright red … Medicinal Uses. Thanks for your comment. Purple Plum Blossom & Wild Violets: White Chocolate Truffles! The berries of the Red-flowering Currant are a native food for both humans and wildlife. Rose Cupcakes: A Divinely Feminine Confection, Drinking in the Autumn Equinox: Magical Tea Wreaths, Autumn Equinox: Celebrating Harvest Baking Magic & Goddess Cuisine, Tarta De Venus: A Not So Traditional Easter Cake, The Flavours of Viriditas: My 30-Day Diary of Glorious Wild Greens, To Long Life & Good Health: A Toast to Anna Perenna & The Coming of Spring. Rhubarb-Rose Pannacotta Squares: Keto Darlings! I wasn’t too hopeful to be honest, because of all the wet weather (all berries and fruit need rain of course) but despite the deluge and these bushes being South facing, its been a bumper crop. Thank you for your help! Last year I made an Easter Paska (a marvellously rich confection made with almonds, cottage cheese, eggs, cream, lemon and vanilla, like a cheesecake without crust). And I couldn’t agree more. What you call Guelder Rose is called High Bush Cranberry in Canada. You may want to adjust the blossoms with a knife, skewer or chopstick, so the honey can fully saturate all of the blossoms. Flowering Red Currant has fresh, slightly fruity aroma/flavour with what I can only describe as lime undertones and it made a light, lively complement to the rich Paska. Ribes sanguineum Pursh (rye-BEEZ sang-GWIN-ee-um) Names: Other common names include Pink Winter Currant and Blood Currant. Wildcrafted “Boursin”: A Tangy, Garlicky, Yogurt Cheese, Lavender & Lovage Oatmeal Digestive Biscuits: A Calming & Relaxing Treat, Pineapple Weed Comfort Cookies: A Wildly Loving Treat, Herbalicious Lammas Loaf Biscuits: Celebrating The Tradition of Common Ground. Individual flowers can be red, pink or white and have five petals. I think the interest is there but you are right, many people are still suspicious or, more to the point, don’t trust their own judgement. Any foraging you do on your own is at your own risk. They were gathered and eaten raw, stewed, or canned for future use by the Hoh and Quileute (Albert 1934). I’ve already started by infusing some of the blossoms in vodka and others in honey. You can preserve the shelf-life by adding a tablespoon of high proof alcohol otherwise use within the week. In the fall berries can be consumed fresh (they are insipid however) or processed into … Red Flowering Currant is a deciduous shrub in the gooseberry family that is native to western North America. The flowers are produced in early spring at the same time as the leaves emerge. Just read your great article which stopped us from munching on the guelder rose berries we spotted on a walk. Learn how your comment data is processed. Deeply Nourishing Seasonal Medicine: Delectable Dandelion Root Treats! Celebrate Spring! Its fruits are edible and it is relatively easy to recognise and distinguish from other species. Nice article. Fragrant Linden Blossom Sun Cake: A Magical Midsummer Treat, Celebrate The Magic of MidSummer with Fragrant Floral Extracts, Lilac Madeleine Cookies: Remembrance of Fragrances Past, Spellbinding Sweet Woodruff Cake: Prosperity Magic, Dandelion Root Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars: Gather Diary Sneak Peek, Lemon Balm & Juniper Berry Sugar Cookies: A Gather Diary Sneak Peek, The First Pizza? So a big thankyou! Whiskey & Spice Milk Punch w/ A Magical Touch of Heather. Flowering currant does best on the west side of the Cascades. But now, with the blossoms in a riot of bloom, it’s time to replenish my supply. Flowering Currant with grow in most soils other than very alkaline, it must however have some moisture, and will perform well in full or partial sun or even light shade. Flowering Currant. (You know I love my oomph). Though not commonly consumed, the berries are completely edible and were eaten raw, dried boiled and stewed by many of our Pacific Northwest Indigenous peoples. The Ancient Magical Language of Eggs, Wild Spring Green Tabouli: Super Nutritious & Super Delicious, Cookbook Preview: Plum Blossom Honey Panna Cotta, Wild Spring Dumplings & Staghorn Sumac Jellie…. You can start using it a lot earlier, it already has good flavour after 3-4 days, but you’ll want to make sure you let most of it for full potency. I will have to try the preservation in honey!! Golden & Sunny Fornacalia Bread: Goddess Magic for The Feast of The Ovens. And let me tell you, during the past cold dreary winter months, it has been a favourite remedy. I have foraged lovely blackberrys from which I made jam (I picked 6.5pds of fruit and it didn’t even DENT the bounty that was on offer) and will attempt this year to make rosehip syrup but there are two other fruits on offer – ones that look like redcurrants and ones that look like blackcurrants. Thanks for your feedback. The ethnographic record for Red Flowering Currant is somewhat spotty, partially on account of the confusing diversity of currants and gooseberries that are often listed without descriptive names or features. In our video, Growing Currants, Tricia plants currants and gives tips on getting the best harvests. I am so happy I found it. The best use is to boil and strain off the seeds, add orange zest, sugar or maple, Mrs. Infused Wassail Cider: A Recipe For Blessing The Earth (and Ourselves), Beautiful Venus Vinegar: Autumn Medicine & Magic, Cornucopia Magic: Invoking The Horn of Plenty, Boozy Preserves: Wildcrafted Berry Compote, Summer Heat: Nasturtium & Sumac Hot Sauce, Sweet Magic: Summer Solstice Honey Cookies, Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. Abe Lloyd writes  it“ grows abundantly throughout the lands adjacent to the Salish Sea, along both slopes of the Cascades and westward to the Pacific Coast, and southward throughout western California to the Channel Islands.” If you don’t have Red Flowering Currant growing near you, the blossoms of both black, white, red currants are also remarkably fragrant and tasty – and are widespread across the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Paska is a traditional family dish, in fact, I don’t remember an Easter it was not at the table! Flowers followed by berries that mature to a dark purple with a grey cast on their surface. Which is probably one reason ethnobotanist and author Abe Lloyd describes the blossoms as “capable of transforming winter sodden pessimists into vernal optimists”. Reports on the quality of the fruit range from insipid and rubbery to highly esteemed as an article of diet. A. It’s good to hear that you got something out of it. Now I see hardly anyone doing this. Rosemary & Lavender Lemon Curd “Tassies”: Here Comes The Sun! I infused the blossoms in vodka and whipping cream both of which went into the creamed cheese mixture. Red flowering currant may be the most widely grown of all species. Primrose and Pansy Coconut-Oat Balls: Pretty & Good for You Too! The safest way to learn about edible wild plants is for someone who already has the knowledge to show you in person. It does not have a wonderful flavour, but is tolerable raw[K]. It is host to white pine rust, a fungal disease which may kill many 5-needled pines. Thanks for another fascinating article, Paul. throughout the lands adjacent to the Salish Sea, along both slopes of the Cascades and westward to the Pacific Coast, and southward throughout western California to the Channel Islands.”. The blossoms, however, are so beloved by bees and hummingbirds, I harvest very sparingly. In this post, I’ll share some tips for creating a mood-lifting Red Flowering Currant Elixir that will capture spring magic in a bottle, for whenever you need it – all year long. I’m infusing then in honey and put the whole clisters. In this post, I’ll share some tips for creating a mood-lifting Red Flowering Currant Elixir that will capture spring magic in a bottle, for whenever you need it – all year long. Hi! The fruits are round, almost spherical and 6-10mm in diameter. A more compact grower than most, excellent as a hedge or in a mixed shrub border in native landscaping I’ve just eaten a little bunch of the guelder rose berries-to test, though I felt sure they were redcurrants. Hi Peter, it’s good to hear from you. Thanks for your article:the rest will go in the bin. Step by Step Recipe for Creating Red Flowering Currant Elixir. Blue black berries are a favorite of birds. This year I’m going to add a bit more of the vodka extract for extra oomph & flavour. Red-flowering currant (family: Grossulariaceae) produces numerous small flowering spurs on multiple thornless stems. Cranberry & Peppermint Honey Cake: Hail To The Mothers! (the longer the better). Flowering Currant Essence is generally used to give those who have lost heart the energy and courage to keep on going. In the UK the species is widely distributed but grows most commonly in the southern half of England. Although red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) is a deciduous shrub, it offers year round appeal and habitat, making it a favorite among Pacific Northwest gardeners and wildlife, alike. Hello Paul, great article. MAGICAL COOKERY. Has it been a good crop there too? A fast grower with an upright (six to twelve feet tall), vase-like silhouette, it makes an ideal background plant for the woodland garden. Deciduous, alternate leaves are 1-3 in. Last year I infused the blossoms (and a few berries)  in vodka and honey and the result was a divine appropriately crimson elixir which I sent out in Gather Goody Boxes. Hi Paul, Thank you, Danielle for all you do and share with us. It grows at a moderate rate up to 10 ft. and develops an upright to spreading form. Thank-you! Red Flowering Currant is a native shrub of the PNW, in the same genus (Ribes) as other edible currants (blackcurrant, redcurrant, white currant) and sanguineum means “blood-red”. When I was younger, I used to see people picking fruit along the hedgerows as I cycled past. Without the berries present, you can tell the difference between red currants and black currants by the smell of the leaves. Add an ounce to sparkly water for a delicious cocktail! ), Step. Red Flowering Currant is used lavishly in native gardens and is found in sunny, semi-shade spots in the wild. Red Flowering Currant is a native shrub of the PNW, in the same genus (Ribes) as other edible currants (blackcurrant, redcurrant, white currant) and, And let me tell you, during the past cold dreary winter months, it has been a. favourite remedy. Hi paul. The foods are beautiful and enticing. Black currant leaves smell strongly of black currant cordial, while red currant leaves are unscented and just smell “green”. I then hung it per family tradition in cheesecloth for two days so all the extraneous moisture drips out. Great Goddess Herbed Cheese: Reviving The Spring Offering Of Moretum, Artemisia Moontime Elixir:  A Recipe For Dream Magic. It should be noted that the guelder rose, Viburnum opulus, despite growing to a much larger size than red currant plants, is also a shrub with lobed leaves and red berries. The wild red flowering currant is native to BC and also a very popular shrub in England. This blossom elixir is lovely all on its own, but in the summer I add a few of the dusky berries. I infused the cream with blossoms and it turned out beautifully. There are also wild currants such as Ribes indecorum or white-flowered currant which grows further south towards and in the warmer climes of California. Blue-black berries ripen in late summer, which the birds love. Thank you for this article. You can plant your Flowering currant with other shrubs for hedging. Thanks, Incredibly productive, delicious, large red fruit. For instance, I hadn’t realised that redcurrant leaves didn’t smell like black currant. In others, they disappeared quickly (I left some to go back to). (In the late summer/early fall add a few berries to your elixir, the honey and vodka will preserve them. And many specimens have likely travelled the world, so who knows where you’ll find Red Flowering Currant. Warning..it smells bad when cooking but spread over fresh salmon and grill till brown and I guarantee the best tasting salmon ever! Beautiful recipes and I really enjoy your writing, thank you. and rounded with 3-5 shallow lobes and deep veins lending a wrinkled appearance. Ooops! I have a couple of lovely parks near my home in London and they are chokka with hedgerow plants that are fruiting after this bumper harvest year. Just a few drops on the tongue or a splash in sparkly water brings a little sweet spring sunshine into my step! You can also do a cold infusion by pouring honey into a mason jar and letting it sit for six weeks. Paul Kirtley’s Tree and Plant Identification Masterclass, Code of Conduct for the Conservation and Enjoyment of Wild Plants. Sanguineum means “blood-red;” referring to the color of the flowers; although the flowers are usually a … Flowering Red Currant is about 5 -to 10 feet tall and its. I personally find them a bit too sharp to eat raw but you can always cook them with something sweet. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Nettle & Wild Onion Rice Balls: Savouring Spring! Red currant, (or redcurrant), Ribes rubrum is a member of the Gooseberry family, Grossulariaceae . Interesting to hear it’s been a “bumper” year up there. Home Blog PLant encyclopedia Subscription What the press says about us ☰ col&tasha. I just can’t express and say enough about your webpage. Hi, I’m trying this out and wondering what the ratio of honey to vodka to water should be to make it shelf stable. Wild Spring Greens: A Superfood Recipe Round-up! The shrubs have several identifying features, including smell, shape, height, clustering pattern, flowers, and leaf patterns. Which makes my elixir stores precious indeed! I use the vodka (about half water and half vodka) for shelf stability and just add the honey to taste. What a wonderful post full of really great ways to enjoy red flowering currant. Yes, I’ve found redcurrant crops this year from my two spots I know of in Kirknewton and South Queensferry. I learnt something too – ‘aalbes’ . Like gooseberries they have ribs like lines of longitude on a globe. Red flowering currants are a very resilient native shrub that can be found growing up and down the west coast of North America, from California up into British Columbia, and even a little bit into northern Idaho according to the USDA.. Because of how beautiful they are, you can often find cultivars for sale from regular nurseries if you live in this plant’s native range. 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