Pacific Northwest Red Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles


by Renee Lindstrom

Pacific Northwest Red Current

Also known as:  Flowering Currant. Pink Winter Currant

Uses:  Culinary

Parts Used:  Berries, Flowers

Preparation: Fresh, Stewed, Dried, Syrup,  Jelly, Tea, Flower Essence

Taste:  Sweet with astringent aftertaste





  • Associated with:  Root Chakra


This bush is considered an ornamental in our local communities.  There isn’t much foraging information about the Pacific Northwest Red Current.  The berry has a strong aftertaste and is extremely astringent.  It is an edible and medicinal that was once used until other useful plants began to sprout and become available.   It was dried, made into fruit leather, jelly and syrup and stewed, and eaten fresh.  It was usually added to other foods.


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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000