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The edible berries of Wild Black Currant can be used to make jelly, wine, or pie; they can also be used to flavor black tea. Notwithstanding the palatability of its berries, the black currant that is commonly cultivated for fruit is the European species, Ribes nigrum (Black Currant). Unlike many other Ribes spp., Wild Black Currant lacks prickles as protection against herbivores. This native species can be identified by its odd-looking stems (gray with brown woody wings), the glandular golden dots on its leaves, its black berries, and the structure of its flowers (long tubular calyx with petaloid lobes, non-exerted stamens, etc.).


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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