Black Currant Facts

Incredibly rich in numerous health benefiting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants, black currants are one of the popular summer season berries. Currants are native to central and northern Europe and Siberia. The berries look like grapes but they are extremely tart. Because of their tartness they are typically used in jellies and jams. You may also find dried black currants and in health food stores you can purchase currant extract which is very high in anti-oxidants, vitamins A and C and Iron.

How to Choose The Best Black Currants
Pick dry, firm, and well-shaped currants. Avoid containers of berries with juice stains because it could be a sign that the berries are crushed and may be moldy.
Proper Way to Store Black Currants
After purchasing berries, check the fruit and toss out any moldy or deformed berries. Return berries back to the original container or arrange (unwashed) in a shallow pan lined with paper towels. Plastic wrap the entire container. Wash berries prior to use. Consume with in 1 week. When freezing, place dry, (unwashed) berries on a cookie sheet or plate. After they are frozen, put them a plastic bag or container and store. They can be kept this way for 10 months to 1 year.

Try this simple and delicious Summer Currant Salad recipe:

Place 7 oz. blackcurrants (readily available in supermarket frozen berry section) in a pot with 4 tsp raw sugar and 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar.
Simmer until the juices begin running and sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes).
Take off heat and cool. Add:

  • Handful finely shredded mint leaves
  • 1 pound skinned/seeded diced tomatoes
  • 1 red onion finely sliced

Stir then let sit for at least 30 minutes
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with fresh shredded mint and serve.

Nutrition Benefits of Black Currants
Fat free, Saturated fat free, Cholesterol free, Sodium free, high in Fiber and vitamin C, a good source of manganese and potassium.

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