Ribes sativum ‘Blanka’


White currant
GROSSULARIACEAE, The Gooseberry family

At the nursery today I worked on my edible landscape display, “Beautiful, Nutritious, Fun, Delicious”. I made it to call attention to the 1/4 acre of fruits in the back area of the nursery, where customers seldom venture. I brought up figs, Aronia, Seaberry, Jujubee, blueberries, red raspberries, red currants, rhubarb, kiwi, wine grapes, lavender, bay, dwarf pomegranate, evergreen huckleberry, Chilean guava, pawpaw and loquat.

Sativum means “sown, planted, cultivated,” as opposed to sylvestris (of the forest) or ferus (wild).

In summer weather–
Morns that pass by,
Fair eves that fly;
Come buy, come buy;
Our grapes fresh from the vine,
Pomegranates full and fine,
Dates and sharp bullaces,
Rare pears and greengages,
Damsons and bilberries,
Taste them and try:
Currants and gooseberries,
Bright-fire-like barberries,
Figs to fill your mouth,
Citrons from the South,
Sweet to tongue and sound to eye,
Come buy, come buy

-The Goblin Market, Christina Rosettti, 1862

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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