This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the London Gardener's Chronicle Mr. Barron makes this a synonym of the cherry currant. In this country there are two distinct kinds. La Versaillaise has a long bunch; the cherry is a comparatively short bunch. The berries are darker, sweeter and smaller than the cherry. He also gives the following notes in regard to some other synonyms, about which we would be glad to have the experience of some of our American growers, as we are under the impression some of these syns. are really distinct:
"Gondouin [syns., Baby Castle, May's Victoria,' Imperiale Rouge, d'Hollande a grappes longues]. - This a remarkably strong-growing late variety. The bunches are very long. Berries large or above medium, of a bright red color with a sharp acidity. As a bearer it is only medium. The plant is of a most robust growth, soon forming large bushes. Shoots strong, reddish. Leaves large, dark green, with reddish veinings, flat, deeply cut, very showy, and very distinct. The flowers have also a reddish tinge. This is one of the latest currants to ripen and hang well on the plants afterwards. The plant, from its strong vigorous growth, is very suitable for growing as a standard or large bush.
"Red Dutch [syns., Fertile, Fertile d'Angleterre, Fertile de Palluau, Fertile de Berlin, La Hative, Hative de Bertin, Bertin No. 9, Belle de St. Gilles, Chenonceaux, Grosse Rouge de Boulogne, Queen Victoria, Bed Grape]
This is one of the best varieties in cultivation. A most abundant bearer, and ripening early. The bunches are long and the berries large, full and juicy, of a bright red color. The plant is of a dwarf and somewhat slender habit of growth, never attaining a large size. The leaves broad and flat, deep green, having a sort of metallic glaucous hue, which renders it in appearance quite distinct. The synonyms here given are all referable to this one variety, and which is the one generally grown and known in this country as the Bed Dutch."
Mr. Barron reduces all currants to sixteen varieties. Since the above was written we note that Mr. Fuller agrees with Mr. Barron that the two are identical.