please help me identify this plant

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Date Photo Taken: 06/15/2013
Location: New York, NY
Posted By: lindababy


Hi, I’ve just become the proud tenant of a plot in my community garden. I am brand new to gardening and I found several of these plants in my plot and I’m wondering what they are and if the berries are safe to eat. The roots are above the ground and the berries started out green and are turning red. I live in Manhattan, in New York City. Please let me know if you need further info about my location to identify. this plant.

Many thanks!


  1. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    That striping on the berry looks like it might be some variety of gooseberry. Try comparing what you know about the berries and leaves to some of these pictures.

    June 18th, 2013 at 10:15 am
  2. lindababy Apprentice says:

    Hi, and thanks for your assistance. The berries are about the same size as blueberries and are a vibrant red, unlike the gooseberries in the pictures, which appear to be more of a muted purplish red. Also, these berries don’t have a tail, as the gooseberries appear to in the pictures. The plant is about 4 feet tall, not very wide but the roots are somewhat wider. Please let me know if you’d like more details.

    June 18th, 2013 at 11:28 am
  3. Kirk Unregistered says:

    I go with Gooseberries.

    June 18th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  4. spatialdrift Flower Fanatic says:

    Currants would be my guess.

    June 18th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
  5. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    I’d agree with spatialdrift now. I was not as familiar with currants but the leaves and berries sure seem to match.

    June 19th, 2013 at 10:28 am
  6. linda Unregistered says:

    I wonder if there is any way to be sure. I would love to use them if they are currents, but if they aren’t, I would want to know if they are safe for human consumption. what do you all think? and thanks again for all of your input thus far.

    June 19th, 2013 at 11:03 am
  7. Marquess Unregistered says:

    They are definitely currants. I have two varieties, a red one (which looks exactly like yours) and a yellow one. They are tart if eaten fresh but make wonderful jam. Pick when they are fully red.

    June 20th, 2013 at 11:52 am
  8. lindababy Apprentice says:

    Marquess, thank you SO much for the conformation. I picked several bunches that were jewel red and washed and froze them, in hopes that they were currants and that I could use them for jam. Very excited now! Cheers, Linda

    June 21st, 2013 at 9:12 am

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