South Canterbury is an ideal location to grow blackcurrants and red currants.
Blackcurrants require a cold winter, a mild summer, good free draining soils, and year-round moisture. The fertile alluvial plains of South Canterbury, along with pure water from the majestic Southern Alps, provides the ideal conditions for our blackcurrants.
ViBERi organic blackcurrants and red currants are grown on an organic-certified orchard just out of Pleasant Point, two hours south of Christchurch.
The area is famous for its high quality blackcurrant produce containing some of the highest levels of anthocyanins (a type of antioxidant) in the world. This is because of South Canterbury's unique mix of high sunlight hours, fertile soils and excellent rainfall.
ViBERi New Zealand Limited grow the only significant commercial organic crop of blackcurrants in New Zealand and are proud of it. Going organic was a big step, but, in the words of grower Tony Howey, "It gives our buyers peace of mind and infuses the Blackcurrants with a richer taste." Tony is passionate about sustainably growing food he knows tastes great and keeps people healthy!
Click on the image below to watch The New Zealand Blackcurrant Story.