Black English, Common Black

This species is most generally cultivated in private gardens for medicinal purposes; the berries are plentiful, of large size, and frequently hang on the bush two months, improving in flavour.

Black Naples

In this variety the fruit is larger, the clusters more numerous, and each cluster produces more berries than the ordinary kinds, on which account it is highly esteemed.


The berries of this variety are of a pale red colour, which being transparent, causes it to be generally estimated as a dessert fruit. It is a prolific bearer.

Large Red, Red Dutch

This is the most desirable kind of the red fruited currant cultivated; the bush, when properly trained and pruned, grows strong and upright and produces an abundance of fine large berries.

White Crystal, White Grape

An excellent variety, the berries of which are large, and of a beautiful clear transparent brilliancy; hence its name.

White Dutch

This variety is held in great esteem for different purposes; the clusters and berries are large, of a yellowish white colour, and delicious flavour. The bushes are often so productive that the branches of the bearing wood trail beneath the weight of the fruit.

Missouri Currant

This species is quite distinct from the ordinary kinds; its berries are purple, and although of rather agreeable flavour, they are not to be compared with those under general cultivation.

To these may be added Knights Sweet Red, Wilmot's Large Red, Went worth Red, Victoria, and Green Fruited, lately introduced.

The above are the most celebrated species of Currants. Some nurserymen's catalogues contain many other names, a great proportion of which are, probably, a repetition of the same fruit. Where the Currant is cultivated for the purpose of making wine, the White and Red Dutch are to be preferred to all others. For the dessert, the White Crystal and Champagne are great favourites, on account of their transparent clearness.