Ribes rubrum on a first summer day


In my grand grandmother’s old cookbook there were few color illustrations I as a child looked again and again, sitting in the kitchen, watching my mother baking some pie or “potica”.The illustration I liked the most was the one with ribes, strawberry and pumpkin,admiring all these summer fruits while snow was falling outside and we were in the middle of winter, was a small promise summer will come again , with summer holidays and red currant in our garden.And they really always came,perhaps because I was looking at these pictures again and again, wishing summer to come.

When ribes in the corner of our garden starts to ripen ,when first small glass-like ribes marbles turn red, then the summer is here and it is time to look at old cookbook again, not for redcurrant illustration any more, but for the best jelly recipe ever.Early summers so always smell like redcurrant jelly and redcurrant pie at our home,and so is it this year, too.When I was searching  for the jelly recipe in this old cookbook  today,I’ve been grateful for these old illustrations, for who knows whether summer would come without  them……..


Cultivated redcurrant
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. rubrum
Binomial name
Ribes rubrum


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