Gardening Questions And Answers
Are currants toxic to dogs? A: True currants—black, white and red currants—are berries that grow on bushes of the plant genus Ribes. True currants, which are sold fresh or dried, are safe for dogs in limited amounts. In excess, they can induce stomach upset, but fortunately, they don’t cause any long-term problems.
Red, pink and white currants are self-fertile, meaning one plant will set fruit without any other currant varieties nearby. Pink and white currants are albino selections of red currant. The fruit of pink and white currants is generally less acidic. Some consider pink and white currants to be better for fresh eating.
Pollination, Quality & Yield: Pollination has a big impact on yield in these crops, and plants will shed berries with no or few fertilized ovules early in the season. Even so, fertilized ovules will sometimes abort before completing development. This phenomenon is known as fruit drop or running off.
Black currants are high in antioxidants, including vitamin C. Along with the anthocyanins in black currants, these antioxidants can help to give your immune system a boost, allowing your body to fight infection and viruses more effectively. Black currants are rich in an omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linoleic acid.
Currants are small black seedless tasty and nutritious grapes grown in Greece, principally in the Peloponnese peninsula and on the lonian islands of Zante and Cephalonia. The name is probably a corruption of ‘Raisin de Corinthe’ and Corinth has, for centuries, been a port of origin of this special type of dried fruit.
Ingestion of even a small amount of grapes or raisins (including Zante currants) can result in severe, acute kidney failure. Although the mechanism of action is not clearly understood as to how these foods are poisonous, ingestion can result in anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and potentially acute renal failure.