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Hi, I would like to grow a currant grape vine in my back yard. Does anyone know where I can buy one? Also looking for info regarding how best to ensure the venture is successful. Thanks in advance for any help offered Regards LDL
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Glynde SA
4th March 2019 5:09pm
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Markmelb says...
No such plant or vine - you are thinking of Sultana Grape that can be dried and look similar
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5th March 2019 4:15pm
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brad16 says...
Maybe black, or red, currant? (Ribes nigrum / rubrum) Maybe confusing a dried currant as a type of sultana (dried grape).

If that's what you're after, Daleys have them in production.

https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/search.php?PHPSESSID=hn61jrbftjgt8cfruc28p8dhb1&q=currant

Or you could look around for other sources.
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6th March 2019 12:58pm
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brad16 says...
I think some people do call dried sultanas, currants. In which case Markmelb has given the answer.

Just out of curiosity, I dried a bunch of sultana grapes from the last crop (semi-intentionally). I know nothing about drying fruits, but am interested in it as means of preserving a harvest. That bunch I pretty much just watched and thought 'oooh-ahhh'.
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denise1 says...
If you have a hot dry ripening season for grapes , when the fruit are fully ripe then snip the stems before the bunches so no more sap can get to the bunches. Leave the stem and bunches right where they are on the vine. They will Dry-on-the-Vine.If your climate has rain at this time you could put a plastic film sheet over the top but having no rain is most suitable. It is most effective on small fruited varieties which will give you CURRANTS. The exact thing works for figs. If you have a nice small variety with firm dark red sweet meat, Grow it in a barrel on a sunny covered porch and just withhold water when they are ripe enough to start drying. If you run out of hot drying weather then pick them and continue in a dehydrater or a solar drying frame whatever suits or just freeze to use later, or make some fancy fruit recipe.. You can grow lots of dried figs this way in a large greenhouse, as long as it is vented enough to avoid humidity but keeping hot..
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Potty Bob 1 says...
My grandfather would get boxes of black Muscat grapes and hang them from the rafters in the garage . They would hang for a few months before they were ready , I loved grazing on them as I past the garage . For the biggest sweetest sultanas/currents , try Waltham cross grapes .
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Julie says...
I have all three in my kitchen: raisins, sultanas and currants, and there is no mistaking the difference.

https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-raisins-sultanas-and-currants-223285
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Currants are the small black grapes, very sweet and nice flavoured, almost like a lolly. They dry easily without treatment, ie dont need a dip or drying oil spray, to form the small black dry currants.
There are 2 types of black currant vines, Carina and Zante. The original type,Zante is less popular with growers, as it can be wiped out by rain at harvest time. Carina is more commonly planted now as it is better suited to the Sunraysia/Riverland climate.
Not sure about which for Adelaide, LDL,
here is some info about drying grapes.
http://artserve.anu.edu.au/raid1/student_projects/wine/gda.html
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Potty Bob 1 says...
Julie and jackfruit have the answer .
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LDL says...
HI all but most especially to jakfruit and Julie.
I now have enough info to start my search for either a Zante or Carina currant grape vine. I dont want to dry them but to eat them fresh as they are a delightful mouthful. Thanks again for the help Regards - LDL
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