WHITE CURRANT (RIBES RUBRUM ALBA)
This prolific-fruiting sport of the red currant (Ribes rubrum), produces heavy trusses of almost perfectly spherical fruit in summer. It differs from the red currant mainly in the strong, fruity, tangy flavour, which when completely ripe is different and quite unforgettable, and also the colour (or lack of it!), which is an amazing translucent pearl-white. Making a striking addition to fresh fruit salads, it is an easy-to-grow, long-lived bush, fruiting yearly with little care other than an occasional removal of very old stems.
For best results, sow seeds as soon as you receive them onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and may wait for spring before emerging whenever sown. Do not use artificial heat to try to germinate them as it will simply disrupt their germination mechanism. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan.