May. 7, 2018

golden currant, Ribes odoratum

Here's an item of currant affairs from this mornings Detroit Free Press. File it under, "What's in a name?" To the ad men, quite a bit. Ever eat a Chinese gooseberry? The ad guys didn't expect you to. So Chinese gooseberries became kiwi fruit. Now golden currants have become clove currants. Apparently clove is a better way to sell this spicy aromatic flowering shrub. I could agree. But then they claimed, "The tart fruit is good popped into your mouth as you walk around your yard." Our golden currant is currently spicing things up beside the porch. But experience has taught us to disregard the fruit. And the "long golden tubes" of the flowers are really about a half inch. This bush is native to the west, but now escapes in the east. It is known from AR, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN(T), TX, VT, WI, WY, ON, and SK(V). Jackson Co MI, 4/17/17.