An Ornamental Currant that Vines
|Clove Currant Vine in an Iowa village settled|
by German immigrants
|Clove Currant 'Crandall' espaliered on author's|
I've searched long and hard to find a source for the European vining cultivar, but have come up empty-handed. My next move was to find a readily available variety that I might be able to train as a vine, so that I could recommend it to fellow gardeners who, in turn, would be able to appreciate this wonderful vine as I have. I'm happy to say that I found one! High Country Gardens sells a native black currant, Ribes odoratum, 'Crandall'. I ordered a plant two years ago that was about a foot tall when I planted it. Lacking an arbor, I decided to espalier it on a picket fence. The longest vine already measures over six feet and has put out eight inches of new growth so far this spring.
If you're a gardener who likes oo's and ah's from visitors to your garden--and what gardener doesn't--this vine is a must-have.
Please note: After publication of this article, I became aware that planting black currants may be illegal in some states (http://urbanext.illinois.edu/ShrubSelector/detail_plant.cfm?PlantID=431). Please check with the appropriate extension office in your state to make sure you can plant Ribes odoratum.
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1.5 pounds black currants
Remove all the stalks from the currants and put in a large, deep saucepan. Add the water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
This recipe makes approximately 4 small jars of jam.
© Larry Rettig 2010
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