Redcurrants

We no longer grow strawberries, but have left this information on the site for your information.

Redcurrants

Redcurrants are a cinderalla crop, overshadowed by their more famous cousin, blackcurrants. However they grow very well in Scotland, and produce beautiful berries on long strigs. They are not usually eaten fresh, but redcurrant jelly is a favourite accompaniment to roast lamb, whilst the fresh berries are ofetn used to give colour to salads and other dishes.

Redcurrant bushes are either grown wide apart and suppost themselves, or closer together and supported by a post and wire system. This has the advantage that the fruit is very easily seen and makes picking very efficient. The bushes must be pruned every year, but if the wood in the bush is kept young, they can produce good fruit for many years.

The main variety grown here is Rovada, which produces long strigs of good fruit, and has a later season, helping to supply Scottish fruit when no other fresh fruit is available.