Currants, Elderberries, Gooseberries and Honeyberries 2023


True currants are small berries that grow on shrubs & are more like gooseberries.  Black currants have a sweet tart flavour and can be eaten fresh, though they are quite often cooked or sweetened in various ways.   Currants are renowned for their very high Vitamin C content.   When not in flower, the leaves are highly aromatic and this plant prefers to be grown in full sun and well drained soil.


Elderberry has been used for its reputed health benefits since ancient times.  It is extremely easy to grow and care for.   It will grow in full sun or partial shade and tolerates a variety of soil conditions.   The beneficial blue or purple berries can be made into wine, jam, syrup or pies.


Gooseberries are a low maintenance, versatile & handsome berry that can be planted almost anywhere and happily grow in part shade.   This is another nutritious berry that is easy to grow & revered for its tropical-like flavour.  As beautiful as they are tasty – they boast a tart ambrosia.

Haskap Berry – Honeyberry

Native to Canada, this little-known berry is remarkably cold hardy.  It is in the same family as the honeysuckle but produces uniquely shaped edible fruit.  The most common description of the flavour would be a cross between blueberries and raspberries.  A special treat you won’t want to miss.

Alpine Currant

Features dense branches that is completely covered by small medium green leaves. A great place for birds to winter. The bright foliage becomes a lovely backdrop for the brilliant red, petite berries that birds go crazy for! And they persist through fall and winter providing much needed food for birds. But the berries are not just for birds. They can be a healthy fruit for people too! While they will need a lot of sweetener, and they don't have much flavor, these are very healthy fruits high in antioxidants!

Alpine Currant

Ben Nevis

An attractive shrub that also bears a tasty berry. Ben Nevis is a small shrub with a rounded growth habit commonly grown for its edible qualities of delicious black currants. A super producer it out yields all the others. Clusters of black round berries are ready mid to late summer. The berries have a tart taste and a juicy texture.

Black Currant


A handsome fruiting hedge that produces medium sized berries in clusters on this compact upright bush. Can be eaten fresh or for preserves, jams etc.

Black Currant

Black Wellington

Sometimes known as Cassis, this compact shrub produces large hanging clusters of lovely black currants. It is vigorous bushes which are very hardy & heavy producers of tart fruit in mid July. This currant makes excellent preserves and is self pollinating.

Black Currant

Red Lake

This deciduous shrub produces clusters of pale green flowers in spring. A heavy crop of long, bright red, drooping clusters of medium to large currants follow. So juicy and flavourful, you can eat them fresh off the bush or used in any number of beverage or culinary applications.

Red Currant

Black Lace® Eva PW

Although the berries are edible and high in vitamin C, this unique shrub is more often grown for it's intense purple black foliage. Reminiscent of a Japanese Maple, this shrub offers finely cut lace-like leaves. Lemon scented pink flowers in early summer contrast with the dark leaves for a stunning effect on this tough and adaptable shrub. If a compatible pollinator is planted nearby, black berries will appear late in the season.


Lemony Lace® PW

Like the Black Lace Elderberry, this shrub is grown for it's ornamental qualities plus it is a highly adaptable and a very low maintenance shrub. Simply stunning with luminous lacy foliage that starts out red and results in a magnificent yellow green with slightly red edges. In early spring, before leaves appear, large white flowers blossom turn into red berries in the fall which are appealing to birds - not people.



Now this is an Elderberry with loads of flavour! This little Black Elderberry may be small, but it is packed with sweetness and is said to have a flavour similar to blueberries. White and yellow flowers appear in spring and not only are the berries edible, so is the flower. Once mature, a single plant can produce 30 lbs of berries, which are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, used as a folk remedy for the common cold.


Hinnonmaki Red

It is the best flavoured & sweetest red gooseberry – sweet enough to eat right off the bush. A unique tart flavour from the skin and sweet flesh combination lets you enjoy both flavour sensations on this ruby red gooseberry. Makes excellent jams & jellies. This heavy producing, hardy bush ripens in July and is self pollinating.



This Gooseberry shrub is most known for its high fruit yields of big, oval edible berries and for being nearly thornless. The berries emerge from a spring green and age to a salmon-pink blush color, have sweet flesh, and a tangy skin. It grows at medium rate, grow to about 4 ft at maturity, and has a spread of 5 ft. What a berry treat! They make fantastic in pies or preserves and irresistible in jelly, too. Cold hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.


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One of the tastiest Honeyberries, the sweet, elongated berries usually bear fruit in late June. Great tasting berries with a taste that is a cross between raspberry and blueberry. The berries can be used for eating fresh, baking, jams and jellies, freezing. Haskaps are high in vitamins, fibre, and anti-oxidants. Aurora is an early pollinating variety. A compact bush known for even ripening.



Borealis Honeyberry is noted for yielding very large fruit with excellent flavour. Extremely hardy bushes produce large sweet berries making it a very popular variety. It is a fast growing shrub and is cold hardy. It will produce a large number of fruit in as little as three years, but like the Haskap Tundra variety, it does not self-pollinate well.


Honey Bee

An extremely hardy variety of Honeyberries bred in Saskatchewan, it has a decent slightly tart flavour with a fleshy texture. It is more tart than the Borealis and Tundra varieties, and it holds its fruit longer. Will produce fruit without a pollinizer but produces so much better with a pollinizer. It also makes a great pollinizer for other varieties.


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