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American Black currant

The black currant is a shrub with maple-like leaves with toothed edges. It grows from 2-4 feet off the ground. They are native to the Midwest. You can look for them in a wooded area with openings, bottomlands or slopes. In spring, their flowers are yellowish-white and look like small bells growing alternate in a row. In the fall, you'll find 4-6 black-red fruits in a cluster from the main branch.

This plant is popular with people and wildlife. Black currants are very nutritious and people love to make jellies and preserves from the berries. They're great on pancakes and ice cream. They also make wonderful glazes for meats like fish and poultry. If you'd like to try black currants, be sure to have an adult to help you identify it. Many species of birds feed on the sweet fruits and wildlife species such as the black bear also find them tasty.