The black currant, Ribes Nigrum, has been used in European folk medicine for many centuries. It is a tiny, wonderfully fragrant berry, praised for its high content in Vitamin C. Its polyphenol content is even higher than that of blueberries, making it the arguably healthier cousin of the two. This awesome berry has been cultivated in European monastery herb gardens since the Middle Ages.
Some hundred years ago, blackcurrants were wrongly accused to be the prime intermediate host for the White Pine Blister Rust, a fungus which decimated much of Northern American pine forests. Therefore, blackcurrants were banned from the US for almost a century, so presently, you can barely find this berry anywhere. Biocento Ecofarm has been successful in establishing small groves of this berry to the delight of our honeybees, who are attracted by the beautiful clusters of fragrant flowers, and to the delight of our children, who love to pick them and eat these delicious berries right off the bushes.