We have a truly lovely haul from our red current bushes with pounds of them coming off each mature bush, some of the bushes are smaller-younger that are not as many but the older ones are having a outstanding year!
After each bowl full was picked, it came in the house, was cleaned up (what is with the snails in the bushes this year LOL) and weighted and then into freezer bags they went, they will be frozen solid till I have time to do them all in the steam juicer and then this year its nice and easy.. A batch or two of Jelly.. one pure Red current.. One Red Current and Elderberry Flower. and the rest is going into simple syrup, used for Pancake syrup, drizzled over meat as a glaze, or into a glass for a cool summer drink or into some hot tea to add a burst of flavour in the hard depth of winter.
The bushes are in need to pruning and a number of the cuttings will be saved for the creation of new bushes.. All 13 of my current bushes comes from the two I bought for the farm the first year we were here. I want to make more and move more of them into the front hedge row food forest style gardens.
I have Black and White Currents as well, but they never produce as much as these reds do, I have even bought different kinds of other Black and White Currents to see if the strain of them will make a difference. However at least here.. the red are the clear winners.
I loved my dried red currents from last year but I still have some for the kitchen use and I am all out of jelly and Syrup!
What about you? What color of current is your favorite? Do you find one type does better in your garden zone? or your Soil Type? What is your favorite way to use your Red Currents?