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When to harvest black and red currants?

SplandySplandy Posts: 161
I seem to have a few black currant bushes and one redcurrant (or the blackcurrant produces more fruit? Can't tell at the moment). I don't know what variety they are, so is there a way to know when they are ready? I haven't touched them since I moved in four years ago and they look pretty big and old. When and how should I be pruning them? Will the fruit still be OK to eat?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,985
    taste one and see if it's good? if it is, eat it.

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  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,555
    If, when the berries are soft, they are red then they are red currants.
    If, when the berries are soft, they are black then they are black currants.

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    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,976
    I grow Ben Conan and Ben Sarek blackcurrants here in Essex and I harvested all mine over the last few days. 
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ChrisWMChrisWM Posts: 214
    We harvested our black currents today. 
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