Alpine Cursant Information: What Are They?

The Alpine currant (Capsicum chinense) is one of the most popular wildflowers in Europe. Its name comes from its native range in Switzerland where it grows along the Alps. It’s not only common but very useful too since it provides food for birds and other animals, such as voles, which are used to eat them. They’re also edible and they’re delicious!

They grow up to 3 feet tall and have small white flowers with pinkish centers. Their leaves are oval shaped and their fruit is round or oblong, depending on the variety. They’re eaten fresh or dried, either way they taste great!

What Do You Need To Identify Them?

There are many different varieties of Alpine currant and there’s no single method to identify them all. The best thing you can do is try various methods until you get something right. Here are some tips to help you out:

1. Look at the Flowers – Most Alpine currant flowers look alike so you’ll probably be able to tell them apart easily if you pay attention.

If they’re similar enough, then chances are they’re related. Some of these varieties will even produce seeds that resemble those of other varieties.

2. Look At The Leaves – These plants have long stems and narrow leaves, making them easy to recognize when looking at them closely.

They’re either dark green or a reddish purple and they grow in clusters at the base of the plant.

3. Look At The Fruit – The fruit grows directly off the stem, usually in groups of one to three.

Take a good look at its color, size, and shape. Remember, the mature fruit is the one you should use since the flowers and buds won’t be good to eat.

How Can You Use Them?

1. Eat Them – The fruit from these plants can be eaten either cooked or fresh.

They have a spicy flavor that adds a lot of character to any meal. You can even add them to stews, stir fries, and other dishes to give them an extra kick.

2. Grow Them – Their seeds are available online and in some gardening stores.

Alpine Currant Info – Tips For Growing Alpinum Currants at

They grow well in most climate types but can’t tolerate extreme cold. Even then, they’ll grow back the following season.


Sources & references used in this article:

Black currant reversion virus, a mite‐transmitted nepovirus by P Susi – Molecular Plant Pathology, 2004 – Wiley Online Library

Currants and gooseberries (Ribes) by RM Brennan – Genetic Resources of Temperate Fruit and Nut Crops …, 1991 –

Recent developments affecting the control of two important diseases of small fruit crops in the UK by A Teifion Jones – VII International Symposium on Small Fruit Virus …, 1994 –

Black currant reversion disease—the probable causal agent, eriophyid mite vectors, epidemiology and prospects for control by AT Jones – Virus research, 2000 – Elsevier

Species identification, host range and diversity of Cecidophyopsis mites (Acari: Trombidiformes) infesting Ribes in Latvia by A Stalažs, I Moročko-Bičevska – Experimental and Applied Acarology, 2016 – Springer



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