Herb latin name: Ribes glaciale


Family: Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)



Edible parts of Ribes glaciale:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The ripe fruit is edible. The fruit is extremely sour. The sour tasting red fruit is about 7mm in diameter.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Flowering:
April
to June

Habitat of the herb:

Forests and shrubberies, 2600 - 4400 metres from Afghanistan to S.W. China. Forests and thickets in mountain valleys, mountain slopes and rocks at elevations of 1900 - 3000 metres in W. China

Propagation of Ribes glaciale:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 4 - 5 months cold stratification at between 0 to 9C and should be sown as early in the year as possible. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year's growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors.

Cultivation of the herb:

Forests and shrubberies, 2600 - 4400 metres from Afghanistan to S.W. China. Forests and thickets in mountain valleys, mountain slopes and rocks at elevations of 1900 - 3000 metres in W. China

Medicinal use of Ribes glaciale:

None known

Known hazards of Ribes glaciale:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.