Black currants first start to bear fruit the second growing season and take three years to reach full bearing. Fruit for Nature Keepers 2019 harvest came from a test farm in central Illinois run by Midwest Agroforestry Solutions http://www.midwestagroforestry.com/our-farms/saturn-farm/ which works closely with the Savanna Institute Savanna Institute, our major partner in the perennial agriculture movement. The test farm grows newer varieties which have more flavor and ripen at the same time which this reduces overripe fruit and green, tart under ripe berries from the harvest.
Once picked they berries are rapidly cooled to preserve the freshness of the fruit. Next we hand cleaned and then froze the berries. Nature Keepers only uses fruit from these Midwest grown, premium varieties for its products. I hope that you will taste the bright sunny day early in July when we harvested the plump, purple fruit.