The Redcurrant, Ribes rubrum


The Redcurrant, a relative of the Gooseberry and a popular garden fruit, grows wild in the UK, but doesn't produce as many fruits as it's garden counterpart. Through July - September, it produces strings of luscious deep red berries with vertical lines and translucent skin, which are sweet, with a pleasant sharpness. There are also black and white varieties (called unsurprisingly, Blackcurrants and Whitecurrants!). The berries can be used for a range of culinary applications, from syrups and sauces, to pies, pastries and desserts. Or just snaffled on their own. Redcurrant grows in open woodlands, and along streams and riverbanks - Arthur found this one in a woodland clearing next to a stand of Raspberries.

Redcurrant Checklist


🌳 Deciduous Woodland.
🌊 Waterways, including along the banks of rivers, lakes and streams.


🌸🌞 Leaves: May - Jun
πŸŒžπŸ‚ Berries: Jul - Sep


☘️ Green, palmate and toothed, a little like maple leaves in shape.


🌷 Unfussy, pale green - yellow, bell-shaped flowers.


🌱 woody, brown, stems.


πŸ“ Produces strings of luscious deep red berries with vertical lines and translucent skin.

Edible Parts

☘️ Young Leaves
πŸ“ Berries

Aroma / Taste

πŸ‘ƒ Indistinct Aroma.
πŸ‘… Raw redcurrants taste wonderfully tart and sweet.
πŸ˜‹ Arthur considers Redcurrant berries to be a Choice Edible.

ID Notes

🟩 ID Difficulty - Beginner
πŸ‘€ Redcurrant is relatively easy to identify, especially when in fruit. The strings of transluscent red berries and the palmate leaves are the key identifiers.


β˜•οΈ Beverage - Leaves can used to make teas, berries can be used to make cordial or other drinks.
πŸ§‰ Condiment - Berries can be used to make infused vinegar and sauces.
🍨 Sweet - Berries can be used to make desserts, puddings and syrups.
πŸ“ Yummy - The raw berries are a tasty forage snack.