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Golden currant


Ribes aureum:1 gallon


Ribes aureum, known by the common names golden currant, clove currant, pruterberry and buffalo currant, is a species in the genus Ribes. It is native to Canada, most of the United States (except the southeast) and northern Mexico. The variety Ribes aureum var. villosum is sometimes considered a full species, Ribes odoratum. Ribes aureum is a small to medium-sized deciduous shrub, 2-3 metres (6.6-9.8ft) tall. Leaves are green, with 3 or 5 lobes, turning red in autumn. The plant blooms in spring with racemes of conspicuous golden yellow flowers, often with a pronounced, spicy fragrance similar to that of cloves or vanilla. Flowers may also be shades of cream to reddish, and are borne in clusters of up to 15. The shrub produces berries about 1 centimeter (0.4 inch) in diameter from an early age. Ripe fruits, amber yellow to black, are edible raw, but very tart, and are usually cooked with sugar. The flowers are also edible (Wikipedia). Photo credit: Stan Shebs CC BY-SA 3.0.