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Emmy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:49 pm    Post subject: Blackcurrants Reply with quote

I was really surprised today when I checked my blackcurrant bush. It's just full of berries this year, some are ready to be picked and yet last year I only had a handful of blackcurrants. My two plum trees too are just laden with fruit, this is surprising condsidering the weather we've been having. BUT it's seems to be a different story with my apple trees usually I always get a very god crop of apples but so far not many to be seen.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about the apples. Maybe, the blossoms got hit with one to those Spring time frosts. I remember reading about damage to blossoms having a negative effect on apple crops from time to time around here. One of my acquaintances in a neighboring town is into black currents among other things on his farm. Here is the kink to his website:


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He has a pretty interesting operation going on.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that link Gil it was very interesting. I've always used apple and blackcurrant juice (from the supermarket Shhh )but with my own berries I make jam and I freeze some of them too. My most favourite thing is just after I have picked some ripe berries is to put them in a mug and heat them in the microwave for 2/3 minutes and then put a large dollop of vanilla ice-cream on top of the berries- delicious!! I first tasted this when Bob and I were on holiday in Germany many years ago.
I never knew that for a few years they had been banned from growing them in US!
We have fruit farms near us too where we can go and pick a variety of soft fruits. There used to be one where you could go and pick peapods but sadly its no more.
The two problems with the blackcurrants are 1. the birds like them too (only yesterday my son was telling me I should have a net over the bush) and 2. They seem to all ripen at the same time and you only have about 1/2 weeks to get them all picked.
In your link I read they are good for your brain(memory)therefore I think I'll eat the whole crop myself this year to find out if it makes a difference to my brain Think Applause
I think perhaps you may be correct about the apple trees re the frost because the blossom doesnt come on them at the same time as the plums and blackcurrants. I can see me being in for a busy time shortly making blackcurrant and then plum jam. Thank goodness the plums dont ripen until later on Dancing
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