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Redcurrant

Edible Edible Summer Summer

This member of the Gooseberry family does grow wild in the UK but they don’t produce as many and as large fruits as the garden and allotment hybrids which have escaped into the wild.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Redcurrant
Scientific Name Ribes rubrum
Season Start Jun
Season End Sep
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Palmate with three to five shallow lobes and bluntly toothed edges.

Flowers

The flowers grow in hanging racemes in April and May and are pale green to yellow.

Fruit

Strings of tasty looking shiny red berries are available from June to late July, early September. The berries are spherical with vertical lines and often translucent skin which you can see the pips through. Wait until the berries are deep red as unripe ones are very sharp to taste.

Habitat

Usually found in dense stands in open woodland, hedgerows, river and stream banks and waste ground. It is not a fussy plant and will grow in partial to full sunlight and on a variety of soils.

Possible Confusion

Other currants like the Blackcurrant, pictured, or the White Currant which is a pale coloured Redcurrant or even the gooseberry.
Can look similar to the Guelder Rose but this has bunches of larger red berries rather than the strings of Redcurrant berries. The Guelder Rose is not poisonous but unripe berries or large quantities of ripe berries can cause vomiting or diarrhoea.

Taste

When ripe, sweet with a hint of pleasant sharpness.

Frequency

Fairly common.

Other Facts

The White Currant is not a different species but a just a colour variant of the Redcurrant.

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