Redcurrant (Ribes rubrum) is a member of the genus Ribes in the gooseberry
family Grossulariaceae, native to parts of western Europe (France, Belgium,
Netherlands, Germany, and northern Italy). It is a deciduous shrub normally
growing to 1-1.5 m tall, occasionally 2 m, with five-lobed leaves arranged
spirally on the stems. The flowers are inconspicuous yellow-green, in pendulous
4-8 cm racemes, maturing into bright red translucent edible berries about 8-12
mm diameter, with 3-10 berries on each raceme.