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Currant, bushy plant (genus Ribes) of temperate regions; also, the fruit of the plant. Some varieties, such as the golden currant of the West, are native to North America. The fruits of European currants, such as the black and red currants, are cooked or used in jellies. They are very rich in vitamin C. Britain is the chief grower of currants, but both cultivated and wild currants are discouraged in parts of the United States where they are alternate hosts for white pine blister rust.

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