The Black Currant.

Botanical name: 

Ribesia nigra.

THIS is a little shrub, of late brought very universally into our gardens. It grows three or four foot high. The branches are weak, and the bark is smooth. The leaves are large and broad, and divided in the manner of those of the common currants; but they have a strong smell. The flowers are greenish and hollow. The fruit is a large and round berry, black, and of a some what disagreeable taste, growing in the manner of the currants.

The juice of black currants boiled up with sugar to a jelly, is an excellent remedy against sore throats.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.