Description of Big Ben Plants & Fruit:
This huge blackcurrant is the biggest we've seen: at least double the size of other blackcurrants. Their bulk does not diminish their flavour: they are sweet (slightly more so than Ebony) and are delicious straight off the branch. These are vigorous plants and they crop early, so a sunny site is important to get the best flavour. Big Ben was bred for fruit to eat fresh, unlike most blackcurrants, which were bred for the juice industry.
The branches have an arching growth habit, which means they need a bit more room than other varieties, but they are also easy to pick and well suited for growing on wires.
They are resistant to leaf spot and mildew.
Characteristics of Big Ben Bushes:
Growing Big Ben Blackcurrant Plants:
Background Information on Big Ben Blackcurrant Bushes:
This modern breed is another excellent creation of the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Its heritage is broad, but the main parents are Goliath, Ojebyn, and Ben Nevis.