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Re: [nafex] White Currants

It's been my experience that birds leave them alone unless they are growing
in the garden.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Olenio" <tolenio@sentex.net>
To: "NAFEX List" <nafex@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 7:42 AM
Subject: Re: [nafex] White Currants


Do birds bother red/black currants and gooseberries?

I have picked them wild on a fence line which tells me 2 things; a) most
likely planted via bird droppings  b) it musn't be their first eating
choice, as I was able to pick most all the berries (red).

We did pick some currants at a PYO farm, and I saw no bird control there.

The currants I have planted are all LOADED this year with their first
crop, and I was  wondering if I need to protect the crop, or will the
birds eat them only as a last resort?

Robins seem to like my strawberries.


Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a

On Mon, 18 Jun 2001, Lon J. Rombough wrote:

> You are right - they will lose all tinge of green and get translucent
> white.
> WC 1301 doesn't ripen as evenly, and the small ones on the bottom will
> still be green when upper berries are ripe. Here, the birds don't bother
> them and I can leave them until they start to shrivel and they are fine.
> Rather tart for raw use, but juice, jelly, pies, etc. all work fine. The
> French have a white currant glaze for lamb that I've wanted to try, but
> don't have a recipe.
> -Lon Rombough
> Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at
> http://www.hevanet.com/lonrom
> ----------
> >From: "Doreen Howard" <doreenh@ticon.net>
> >To: <nafex@yahoogroups.com>
> >Subject: [nafex] White Currants
> >Date: Mon, Jun 18, 2001, 5:52 PM
> >
> >I have two white currants that have fruit on them--Blanka and White
> Currant
> >1301. I've never grown currants, let alone white currants, before. My
> >question is how do you tell when the fruit it ripe and ready to pick?
> As of
> >today, the bunches or clusters seem to be full sized, and they are a
> >translucent green. Will they turn pearly white (translucent) or a solid
> >white? Also, what is a good way to eat them? Raw, jams, pies, ????
> Any
> >recipes would be appreciated.
> >Doreen Howard
> >Zone 4b-Wisconsin
> >
> >
> >
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