Red currant (Ribes rubrum) some varieties are native

Red currant (Ribes rubrum) some varieties

Parts used: berries, leaves

Medicinal uses: The fruit is antiscorbutic, aperient, depurative, digestive, diuretic, laxative, refrigerant and sialagogue. The leaves contain the toxin hydrogen cyanide. A decoction of them is used externally to relieve rheumatic symptoms. As a poultice it can relieve sprains or reduce the pain of dislocations.

Other uses: Red currants are often used to make jams and jellies as well as some sauces. They have a tart, sour flavor. A yellow dye is obtained from the leaves. A black dye is obtained from the fruit. The fruit is used cosmetically in face-masks for firming up tired and lifeless skin (   

Red currant Ribes rubrum

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