Ben Connan blossoms
Ben Sarek and Ben Hope

Cold Hardy Fruit Trees and Products for Sale

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The information below is compiled from our propagators and various other sources, including UMN Extension.


Black Currant

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Ribes nigrum Ben series of black currants from the Mylnefield Research Station in Scotland, estimated to account for 50% of global production. Shipped plants are at least 4" tall and well rooted in 2.5" pots. USA Gardener recommends pruning the canes back to 2 buds to promote vigorous growth. See Organic Black Currant Production Manual for more information.

Ben Connan
This is an early variety of black currant with large berries that was released by Mylnefield specifically for the fresh market. It is high yielding and shows even and uniform ripening. It has large, deep black berries (187 Connan berries vs. 206 Lomond berries in 250 grams fruit) with a pleasant acid/sweet flavour. Of medium size, its compact growth habit makes it suitable for both mechanical fruit harvesting, u-pick farms and the home garden market. Great for fresh eating, jams, preserves, canning but needs to be harvested good and ripe for best sweetness. Not recommended for juice.

Ben Hope
Ben Hope is widely planted commercially in Britain for several reasons. It is a tall, vigorous and upright plant with genetic resistance to black currant gall mite. Fruit is easy to mechanically harvest since the plant is taller and the fruit is at the right height on the plant. Yields are consistently high with medium sized currants that are good for juicing. It has good resistance to both mildew and leaf spot. Ben Hope is also suited for the fresh market because of its larger berries and good flavour. It ripens in mid-season.

Ben Sarek
Another good cultivar for the fresh market with high yield and large berries. It forms a small, compact bush of medium vigour and would be suitable for the grower looking for high yield per unit area. Easy to manage and harvest. Early ripening. Not recommended for juice.

Ben Tirran
This is a high yielding (15,100 lb/ac), late cultivar with pleasant tasting medium sized berries. It flowers a little later than other Ben series black currants so it has reasonable tolerance to spring frosts. Growth habit is upright and vigourous. Fruit is suitable for both juice and jams, for commercial and u-pick operations, and home gardens.

Chernaya Lisovenko
A selection from Europe, this black currant is a vigorous grower with colorful auburn leaves in the fall. Delicious larger berries suitable for fresh eating or processing.

Tiben is known for its high yield, high levels of anthocyanins and vitamin C as well as its even ripening, upright growth and resistence to mildew. It is reported to be relatively resistant to White Pine Blister Rust in Poland. In comparative yield studies it was shown that Tiben recorded higher yields than 'Ben Lomond' (both medium-late). 'Tiben' ('Titania' × 'Ben Nevis') also had strong growth and a resistance to powdery mildew [Sphaerotheca mors-uvae] similar to 'Titania' (from Organic Black Currant Production Manual

Technical note: I'm sorry for the lack of info on the following varieties; web page got trashed and I'm in the process of rebuilding it.


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Gloire des Sablons Pink Currant

Ribes rubrum Produces long clusters of beautiful pink fruit. Productive, vigorous plant.

Pink Champagne

Pink berries have very good flavor for fresh eating. Good disease resistance.


Ribes rubrum


Rovada was introduced from Holland in 1990. It produces heavy crops of large translucent berries born in long clusters. It can be eaten fresh or processed into sparkling red jams or jellies. Resistant to powdery mildew. Very reliable, as it is late to flower, avoiding frosts.


Jonkeer van Tets

Red Lake






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Pinkish white berries are medium sized, sweet, juicy, and rich-flavored. Resistant to powdery mildew.


Translucent white fruit with a sweet, intense flavor. Red-tinged foliage. Susceptible to powdery mildew.

White Pearl White Currant

Ribes rubrum These currants produce heavy clusters of white, translucent berries with a pink blush. Deliicious in jams or jellies, they can also be eaten fresh. SOLD OUT

White Versailles




Hinomaki Red

Jahn's Prairie






Red Josta Jostaberry

- A new variety with higher yields.

Currants only fruit on wood produced the previous year. After planting, cut the shoots down to leave about 2 buds above ground level. This will encourage a strong root system to develop. Do not cut away any shoots the following winter. In the third or fourth winter, cut some of the old wood out of the bush and any crossing or crowded shoots, to make room for new shoots the following year. As a general rule, it is best to cut out a third of the old wood each year, making the cut as close to the soil level as possible.

Currants are self-pollinating.

Keep the bushes well watered especially the first year, and mulching is beneficial.



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