Grandma Ethel Black Currant
Grandma Ethel Black Currant

Grandma Ethel Black Currant

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History: This black currant (Ribes nigrum) is a family classic that was grown by Ken's great-grandmother.

Why We Grow It: Grandma Ethel produces large fruit with a slightly stronger flavour than Titania and an unusual sweetness for a currant. The berries make a very tasty juice - the recipe can be found further below!

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3

Soil Preference: Loam, prefers well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter

Sun/Shade: Prefers full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily) but will tolerate some shade

Pollination: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a different black currant variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present    

Ripens: Early July

Storage: Keeps up to two weeks when stored in the fridge

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, juice

Recipes: Ken's Black Currant Juice (per quart jar)

  • 1 cup of Grandma Ethel black currants
  • 1/2 cup honey 

Mix the currants and honey into a quart jar and fill the rest with water. Process in a canner for 25 minutes.

Size including roots: 20cm+ (1 year plant)

A note on the "Grandma" Series: Inspired by this modest currants' success here at the nursery, we decided to curate our own repertoire of family favourites! Check out our tried-n-true gooseberries, rhubarb and raspberries.