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 Black currants in the USA??? 
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Post Black currants in the USA???
I have a bush in my back yard, and have also encountered a similar VERY large bush while walking my dog. The berries look for all the world like what we called "wacholder" in Switzerland, perhaps even "Weintrauben." The berries are small, maybe 1/2" in diameter and grow in large clusters with reddish stems connecting to the main shrub. The actual clusters of berries are more or less flat. The leaves are simple oblongs in shape. I know we made jam out of something very similar in Switzerland while I lived there years ago, but have no memory of the appearance of the shrub. I don't want to harvest these berries to make jelly and end up discovering that they are poisonous.


Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:04 pm
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Post Re: Black currants in the USA???
I don't think I've seen black currants in which I'd describe the clusters as flat.

Black currants have a distinctive taste and smell. Just crushing one and smelling it should be enough, shouldn't it?

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Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:15 pm
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Hmmmmmm not at all like what I have in my yard and seen elsewhere.... Am very curious as to what they could be. Will try to post a photo to see whether anyone recognizes what they might be. Thanks for the info!


Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:23 pm
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Post Re: Black currants in the USA???
Aronia maybe?

Google 'aronia', then select 'images' from the menu in the upper left hand corner.


Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:29 pm
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If they are ‘Aronia,’ Image -- the following discussion was interesting:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5009

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Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:37 pm
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Post Re: Black currants in the USA???
Google: Black Elderberry


Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:48 pm
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Post Re: Black currants in the USA???
Black, red, green Flat clusters are elderberries Sambucus spp


Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:24 pm
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