Category Archives: From Planting to Harvest: Growing Blackcurrants in New Zealand

Series of posts on the enterprise of blackcurrant growers: fertilizer application, pruning, post-pruning, planting, harvest, growers’ stories etc.

Blackcurrants turn from commodity to value-added.

Excerpt from article published in NZ Grower by Anne Hardie, April 2018. Just 20 or so commercial blackcurrant growers remain in the industry which is based mainly in Canterbury, with a few in Nelson, and after years of struggling for good returns, they’ve become innovative out of necessity. Hamish Rush is fourth generation on the […]

Blackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality® New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson explains the process of extracting the anthocyanins and essential fatty-acid oils Omega 3, 6 and 9 from the New Zealand blackcurrants. Blackcurrants have been used for centuries to make concentrate juice, jams and compotes, but its health benefits are basically […]

Harvesting Blackcurrants in New Zealand

It’s another Blackcurrant harvesting time in New Zealand! In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality® New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson shows the process of harvesting one of three blackcurrant varieties (suitable for BC extract production) grown in New Zealand: Ben Ard. According to research carried out by Plant & Food Research, Ben […]

NZ Blackcurrant Plant Breeding Program

From Planting to Harvest: Geoff Langford, founder of Berryworld, talks about his New Zealand Blackcurrant breeding program at Plant & Food Research, in Lincoln (Canterbury). Geoff and Jim have a chat about how new blackcurrant varieties naturally emerge through a process called “crossing” which leads to the growth and selection of the best New Zealand […]

From Planting to Harvest – Post-pruning of blackcurrant plants

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