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Hudson Bay Currants

Hudson Bay Currants are berries that grow up to 1/2 inch (1 cm) wide. They are black, with a waxy, whitish sheen over top the berries. The berries have a bitter taste.

They grow on shrubs with leaves that look like maple leaves, with anywhere from 3 to 5 points, with the leaves being 1 1/2 inches (3 cm) to 4 inches (10 cm) wide.

The bush grows anywhere from 1 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet (1/2 to 2 metres) tall, with no prickles on the bush. But the branches have yellow resinous dots on them which give off an unpleasant "tomcat" smell.

The bush flowers by early June, and produces berries in clusters of 6 to 12 by early August.

History Notes

Hudson Bay Currants are native to western North America, from southern British Columbia down into northern California and over to Wyoming.

They were eaten by some native North Americans, and by wildlife such as bears.


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Also called:

Northern Black Currants; Wild Black Currants; Ribes hudsonianum (Scientific Name)


Oulton, Randal. "Hudson Bay Currants." CooksInfo.com. Published 10 July 2005; revised 04 September 2007. Web. Accessed 03/17/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/hudson-bay-currants>.

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