Ben Connan blossoms
Ben Sarek and Ben Hope

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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, deep black 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 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 as juicy as the other varieties. Ben Connan is a cross between Ben Sarek and Ben Lomond, yielding 187 Connan berries per 250 grams fruit vs. 206 smaller Lomond berries. Ben Connan yields 16,683.8 vs. 14,810 pounds per acre for Ben Lomond)

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
Early ripening cultivar good 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. Not recommended for juice. The plant is distinctively shorter than most other black currants – about 3 feet high. Consequently the sturdy canes remain more upright even without trellis and with the extra heavy load they normally bear. While Ben Sarek has some of the largest berries of any black currants, the clusters are short and hang close to the canes. This last characteristic slows picking down a trifle, but their size and flavor make up for that. The berries have good flavor and tend to have a tough skin, the place where flavor and nutrients normally concentrate. The yield tends to be high and the crop tends to mature more uniformly than others, providing a concentrated harvest time. The plant is white pine blister rust resistant. Ben Sarek was developed by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, where all the “Ben” series of black currants have been developed.

Ben Tirran
Medium-late ripening, high yielding (15,100 lb/ac) 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 medium-late ripening 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. Has a slightly "fruitier" taste than the Ben series. Chernaya Lisavenko is a tasty and productive Russian black currant cultivar released by the Gardening Research Institute of Siberia in 1985. It was secured from the University of Minnesota in the late 1980s. Russians, Ukrainians, Polish and other eastern and northern Europeans love the berry for its authentic flavor. The plants are upright, vigorous, disease resistant and productive. The berries are suitable for all purposes - now our favorite varieties.

Medium-late ripening 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


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Gloire des Sablons Pink Currant

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

Pink Champagne

Pink Champagne is the result of a cross between red and white currants, is free of leaf diseases, and is the “champagne” of currants. The attractive, translucent, pink-blush berries are born on medium long clusters, are sweeter than reds, of high quality and flavor. Often consumed fresh, they make beautiful sparkling gourmet juice, jelly, jam, syrup, toppings and pies, and add an attractive sparkle to almost any salad. They may be blended for any purpose with white, red and black currants, gooseberries and other berries and fruits. This variety typically yields less than the average red and white currant cultivars.


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Mid season Rovada 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. The clusters look like mini-grape clusters, they are so large! The flavor is good. Rovada flowers late in spring, escapes late frost damage, and matures late. This enables growers to extend the harvest season for a month or longer if the weather is moderate and not too hot. Rovada was developed in the Netherlands by L. M. Wassernaar and released in 1980.


Jonkeer van Tets

JVT is vigorous, very productive, disease resistant, easy to harvest, and has attractive berries of excellent flavor. It has been reported to not perform as well in real wet climates or with continuous rains during harvest. Early summer berries are in great demand and this one is as early and as good as they get. Midsize berries. Hardy, upright easy-picking bush. Mildew resistant. JVT was released by J. Maarse, Netherlands, 1941. After more than 70 years, this early season variety continues to be the leading variety in Northern Europe and is fast catching on in the USA.

Red Lake

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Roseta was developed in the Netherlands by the Waningen Agriculture University and has Jonkheer van Tets as one of its parents. The berries are large and are borne on long, loose fruit clusters, making for snappy harvest. The plants are fairly vigorous and disease resistant. The maturity season is late, enabling growers to extend their season when combining it with early varieties, such as Jonkheer van Tets.



Tatran, named after a mountain range of Slovakia, designates the place of its origin. Paul Otten visited his 125-year-old horticultural research institute in Bojnice, Slovakia in 1993. Tatran has a Minnesota connection in that Red Lake, a red currant variety released by the U of M in 1933, is one of its parents. Released in 1985, these plants are tall, productive, vigorous, extremely cold hardy, producing large berries of good quality on exceptionally long strigs that ripen late in the season.


White Pearl


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


Translucent white fruit with a sweet, intense flavor. The attractive plant is upright, vigorous, and produces good yields of high quality, flavorful berries. Primus is a very attractive plant as its leaves have a distinctive red tinge and young shoots are almost entirely red. Primus is a late-season white currant variety that was bred by J. Cvopa at Bojnice, Slovakia, and released in 1977. It has the same Minnesota connection that Tatran and Blanka do, having Red Lake as one of its parents. 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.

White Versailles

White Versailles is upright, vigorous, disease resistant, and a heavy cropper. The fruit is born on long strigs, is large, juicy, light yellow, sweet, and of excellent flavor. It was developed by M. Bertin in France prior to 1883, so it has already celebrated its 140th anniversary – a testimony to its reliability under a wide variety of conditions – and is still one of the leading varieties in northern Europe, though Primus and Blanka from Slovakia are beginning to make inroads.


Blanka is a disease resistant, vigorous, very productive plant with a spreading tendency. Because it blooms late, it escapes late spring frosts and matures late, thus enabling a longer season of white currants. Blanka’s translucent white berries are borne on unusually long strigs. Blending red raspberry juice with white currant juice makes an exquisite beverage. Fully ripened, sweet white currants also make delightful desert wines. Blanka was bred by J. Cvopa at Bojnice, Slovakia, and released in 1977. It has the same Minnesota connection that Tatran and Primus do, having Red Lake as one of its parents.


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.



Black Velvet


Hinomaki Red


Jahn's Prairie


Jeanne is a disease and pest resistant, high quality, dark-red, dessert gooseberry cultivar. It is a late-ripening, dark red dessert gooseberry with an unknown mixed European/American gooseberry pedigree. JEANNE should be suitable for commercial gooseberry production or home plantings. The yield of JEANNE is higher than from most gooseberries, with production of about 1.5 kg/3+ lbs per plant. The leaves are highly resistant to powdery mildew. Even more in its favor, the leaves of JEANNE are also highly resistant to white pine blister rust. They have very few pesky spines. More info at USDA Ag Research


12-20" tall




Red Josta Jostaberry

A new variety with higher yields. Very vigorous. Grows 5-8' tall.



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