American Red Currant (Ribes triste)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
American Red Currant
Ribes triste

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the stems, without the bark, has been used as a wash for sore eyes[257].

    A decoction of the root and stem has been used in the treatment of gravel[257].

    A compound decoction of the stems has been used as an emmenagogue[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[74, 85, 101, 177, 257]. A rather tart flavour[K], it is usually cooked in pies, preserves etc[183]. The fruit can also be dried for later use[257]. The fruit is similar to the garden red currant[183] and contains rather a lot of seeds[K]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at between 0 and 5¡c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 – 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year’s growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year’s growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200].
Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Plants are quite tolerant of shade though do not fruit so well in such a position[11]. Hardy to about -20¡c[200]. This species is closely related to R. rubrum[11]. Plants can harbour a stage of ‘white pine blister rust’, so they should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees[155]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
N. Europe to Northern N. America – Newfoundland to Alaska, south to New Jersey, Michigan and Oregon.

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