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This bright, translucent, sweet and slightly sour berry is
difficult to find in many areas, and is similar to the
cranberry and gooseberry in it's tartness. The fruit can be eaten raw without a sweetener, that's part of it's magical
quality. This special berry is popular in many Nordic and
Eastern European recipes, wonderful in tarts and puddings or meringue.
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Red currants are
small edible fruits. These small red translucent shiny berries which
grow in grape like bunches on small shrubs, are sweet, tart and juicy. Similar to raspberries and
blueberries in size, taste and texture, currants are sharper and juicier
than both. Red currants, which were originally native to some parts of western Europe, have become
interwoven into the fabric of many different sub-cultures with diverse and
equally strange traditions. Although few of us North Americans have had any exposure to these
traditional items, the fruit itself is catching on for its many merits. Bright, shiny, translucent and smooth, these beautiful, delicate-looking berries grow on lovely
Get to know the Red
The Red Currant, Ribes rubrum, is a member of the genus
Ribes in the gooseberry family Grossulariaceae, native to parts of western Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands,
northern Italy, northern Spain, Portugal and Poland).
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. An established bush can produce 3-4 kilos
of berries from mid to late summer.
Enjoying Red Currants red currants make excellent jams,
jellies, pies, juices, and wines. They
are full of pectin, so they gel easily (good to combine with other fruits for jelly/jam) and they freeze well, so they can be preserved
for later use. They are an excellent
source of vitamin C. You can also use them as part of the fruit mixture for a Summer Pudding, and or
raw in salads, garnishes, and cocktails.