Ornamental as well as practical, currants are an excellent choice for home gardens in northern states. Although they are usually used in baking, jams, and jellies because of their tart flavor, some types are sweet enough to eat right off the bush. Currants are small berries that pack a lot of nutrition. According to the USDA Nutrition Handbook, they have more vitamin C, phosphorous, and potassium than any other fruit. In addition, they are second only to elderberries in iron and protein content, and they are lower in fat than any fruit except nectarines. Currant shrubs are easy to grow and can even handle shadier locations. A versatile edible and ornamental shrub!