6 July 2018 Black Currants ((Ribes nigrum).


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6 July 2018 Black Currants ((Ribes nigrum).
Posted on July 6, 2018 by Durgan
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There are six bushes one is producing fruit now. 664 grams were obtained. Currants are difficult to pick, so I made a mesh scraper to facilitate fruit removal. A one inch mesh plastic is placed over a container and the branch is scraped along knocking off the fruit.It works reasonably well, since the berries do not fall off. They cling to the branch and literally have to be pulled slightly to be released. The fruit is very nutritional. A welcome addition to a home garden.
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6 July 2018 Black Currants ((Ribes nigrum).
Posted on July 6, 2018 by Durgan
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There are six bushes one is producing fruit now. 664 grams were obtained. Currants are difficult to pick, so I made a mesh scraper to facilitate fruit removal. A one inch mesh plastic is placed over a container and the branch is scraped along knocking off the fruit.It works reasonably well, since the berries do not fall off. They cling to the branch and literally have to be pulled slightly to be released. The fruit is very nutritional. A welcome addition to a home garden.
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If you think blackcurrants are difficult to pick, try gooseberries, they're merciless critters
 
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Gooseberry Juice
Posted on July 20, 2015 by Durgan
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Nine pounds of European gooseberries were picked from my one bush and processed into six liters of juice. A few American berries were picked and added.The berries were cooked until soft, then beat into a slurry, strained through a 2 mm mesh food mill, then placed in liter jars and pressure cooked at 15 PSI for 15 Minutes for storage. They were picked because some started to fall off the bushes. Color change is minimal with this fruit,but they get sweet and a bit soft when ripe.
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I picked mine about ten days ago.
I have two mature bushes, from which approx. 6lb were harvested.
Blackcurrant jam is my favourite, with a few being reserved for frozen blackcurrant yoghurt.
 
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I usually cook mine stems and all, then run them through cheesecloth to remove the debris. It makes very clear jelly.
 
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12 July 2017 Black Currants

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Durgan
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Four pounds of black currants were picked from two garden bushes and made into five liters of pressure canned juice. Currents are awkward to pick so I use a basket and screen which is swiped along the branch to remove the berries. It works reasonably well. The berries are cleaned by floating the debris off in a water bath. About a liter of water is added for each pound of berries and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. The juice is slightly tart, since no sugar is added. Four more bushes were planted today giving a total of six. Black currants make excellent juice. Photographs depict the process. Currants make one of the best a substantial juices. Few people grow them in my area and the odd place that has them charge too much.

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Wow you folks certainly have grown some fruit, the blackcurrants above look superb. Well done all of you.. Keep your hands in the soil
 
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Growing blackcurrants was illegal in the US as a whole, and still is in some states, because it hosts white pine blister, so would also be discouraged in areas where the lumber industry is/was important.
Probably fell out of the culture in Canada with its heritage.
 
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I really did not know that, is there any preventative measures one can take
 
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