Lentaj Black Currant
Brought to the US from the former Soviet Union, Lentaj black currant is prized for its heavy crops of sweet, mildly tart berries. A great variety for first time growers, these jet-black berries are delicious eaten directly off this attractive, compact shrub.
Popular in much of the rest of the world but less common in the U.S., black currants are one of the most nutritious berries “currantly” overlooked by many Americans. Their unique flavor is excellent for fresh eating, juicing, or baking. Their nutritional profile in relation to other popular berries and fruits is very impressive. Black currants are particularly high in antioxidants and contain more vitamin C than oranges, and nine times the calcium, five times the iron, and four times the magnesium and potassium of blueberries. Their unique taste and health benefits should not be overlooked!
Latin Name: Ribes nigrum
Site and Soil: Currants like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 40° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-5 ft. in height
Taste: Sweet, mildly tart
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 10-20 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Currants are not bothered by significant pest or disease problems in our region. White Pine Blister Rust can be a problem for Black Currants in certain eastern and Midwestern states. Check with your extension service for details.
USDA Zone: 3-8