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Blackcurrant Ribes negrum

Familiar to many gardeners, the blackcurrant is a shrub that grows up to 1.5m tall.

Every part of it is strongly aromatic - simply pick a leaf from a bush the next time you are near one and wonder at the power of the scent from its leaves.

Blackcurrant is known as a particularly rich source of Vitamin C. During the 1940s when oranges became scarce in the UK, blackcurrant syrup was handed out free to school children - probably giving rise to the UK's love affair with blackcurrant as a flavour to this day.

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