The name currant comes from the Greek city of Corinth, where our dried currants originated — these dried currants are really a small kind of grape, and our native currants are so called only because they resemble these. Black currants possess a high Vitamin C content.
Red currants differ considerably in growth and method of flowering and are derived from different species of. (The white currant is merely a variety of the red). For the flowering currant, see RIBES. Currants and all soft fruits are grown on their own .
The cultivation of red currants is dealt with after black currants as the two fruits are usually associated in most people’s minds.