lobed, maple-shaped leaves with coarse teeth
arranged alternately in clusters
flowers clustered at base of leaf clusters and have a spicy
berries (yellow to orange)
popular bird berry, especially with Chickadee
frequent the heavily nectared flower clusters
this is one of the first shrubs to leaf in the spring, Native
people ate the young leaves as soon as they could
berries are an important ingrediant in pemmican, the winter
sustanence of many Native poeples
explorers noted this species as tastier than other current
Currents are larger and tastier than many other currents.
However they do contail a large seed not found in cultivated
currents and are emetic when eaten raw in quantity. Cooking
the berries removes this effect, so they make wonderful jelly,
pies, syrups and even a tart wine. Currents are versitile
and can be worked into almost any fruit recipe. The spicy
scent of the flowers and their high nectar content make them
a tasty nibble.
bloom early Spring, berries mature mid-July to August.
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