More people are beginning to discover the wild flavours of Australian bush tucker plants. One of my personal favourites is the Wild Currant.

Wild Currant is a small tropical shrub native to north Queensland and New Guinea. Its berries are tart and cranberry-like when young, but develop into dark, sweet fruit as they mature.  In late Summer, Wild Currant berries grow in large, grape-like clusters and ripen unevenly — creating a spectacular ornamental display. Berries start out a pinkish white and darken to red and black as their sweet flavours develop.

They can be enjoyed raw or used in jams, jellies, sour sauces, syrups, desserts and wines.  Fruits can be harvested regularly as the berries ripen. They keep well in the freezer, making it easy to gradually accumulate a desired quantity for cooking.

Wild Currant is a hardy plant that handles a range of soil types and will weather light frosts and winds, and doesn’t require full sun like other fruit trees. A great choice for a partly shaded area.   This species grows small, around 2 to 3 metres in height. With its dark green, glossy leaves, it makes an attractive ornamental plant in the garden or in a pot.

Ladybird Fruit Tree Nursery is home to Brisbane’s largest collection of fruit trees, with literally hundreds of varieties on offer. We are conveniently located just 2 minutes off the highway at 1452 Anzac Avenue Kallangur. Come for a drive and browse through our diverse range of fruit trees and native bush tucker plants. Our friendly staff can assist you to achieve maximum productivity from your garden.