Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

From my kitchen window I have been noticing a different shrub/tree going about 30 feet up hill under my food forest canopy. I keep getting distracted when I go outside and have not gone to look closer.

Today I got over there and discovered that I have a Golden Currant. I am excited! It is only about a foot tall and has just a couple leaves left. Scanty information for ID so I could be mistaken. I looked around and found a second one about six feet from the first. Manna from heaven by way of birdsong! Food Forest hard workers, birds, and sing while they work.

Today I planted two more Elderberries and was creeping through the wildflower carcasses to get to a small clearing when I saw a third Golden Currant! One leaf left.

Yes! Wet summers are intended to sprout new plants to replace those gone missing in our 11 year drought.  A wet winter is also predicted, good for the Rio Grande which gets water from these mountains.

If they survive the oncoming mule deer onslaught this winter, all will be well.

Come spring I need to do another walkabout and see what I have growing up the hill.  I hope I have Golden Currants!

Of course, Golden Currants are a wildlife staple and I can’t think of anything that doesn’t like the berries or blooms.  I eat them raw or cooked any way I like other berries.

Like the birds, I am singing today.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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