These shiny little berries grow low on bushes, hanging from the branches like rows of miniature gems. They are sweet enough to be eaten raw or you can sprinkled them with plenty of sugar. They have a high vitamin C content, and go well with both other berries and fruits.
Red currant berries are known as “super fruits” as they have naturally high antioxidant capacity.
Red currants can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried. They can also be frozen for long term preservation and use. Red currants’ natural tart flavor and astringency is enhanced with sweetening via sugar, honey, agave nectar, and of course through cooking. Red currants add flavor and texture to sauces, liqueurs, jams, jellies and syrups. Complimentary pairings include baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, cream, clove, citrus fruits, tomatoes, juniper, ginger, strawberries, huckleberries, stone fruit such as peaches and cherries, lemon verbena, game meats, pork, shellfish, grilled steak and herbs such as basil and mint.
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Hi, I don’t suppose you have/could share a jam recipe? Mine never really work properly 🙂
Hi, loving the blog! don’t suppose you have a jam recipe you could share? Mine never seem to work out quite right 🙂
Nope. But I will ask my mom. She used to do one.
And they are so pretty!
I’ve never seen these anywhere I could try them… beautiful berries!
Looks so plump and delicious!
For a while, I thought of the liquor 🙂
Never tried it
so bright and pretty
My dad grew these and my mom would make a red currant drink for us kids! Marcey
Gorgeous photos! I will have to try them 🙂
What a beautiful berry, the look like little gems growing on a bush….
Not only are they delicious, they’re decorative – how you have them displayed in the photo would make a lovely centerpiece!
mmmmm, so pretty!!!
Reminds me of England and my Nana. She used to take us to the Romford market. We’d try all the English summer fruit. But red currents remind me of her the most.
I have never tried them so this is great info.! thanks for sharing!
You are welcome
I love the vibrant color its so pretty
Beautiful photo! I eat these frozen, but haven’t actually ever seen them growing anywhere. Must go searching, as I do love a bit of foraging…
hi. I love your photos 🙂 and berries looks youum 🙂
They’re such pretty little fruits … like shiny red jewels.
More information about growing these bushes…..http://tcpermaculture.com/site/2015/03/23/permaculture-plants-currants/
Thank you for your information
Gorgeous clicks 🙂
Those look beautiful. Did you find them growing somewhere?
In my mom’s garden
Lovely pics! Just wanted to say thanks for spending more time at the table today; I’m glad you were there. I love currants, but they’re not widely available in Colorado (USA) except in the dried form–and sometimes not even then. At a quick glance, I can’t tell where you are. UK? Scotland? Lots of currants in Scotland. Happy Tuesday to you and all you love:)
I am in Romania and my mom has some bushes of red currant in the garden
Thanks. Just out of curiosity, do you have black currants, too?? We had them in the garden at my mom and dad’s house near Chicago, Illinois. Beautiful….
We’ve always had red currents (3 bushes) growing at the side of the house when I was living at home. My mother told me “To get the most currents, you need to snip of the top canopy of broad leaves about 6 inches from the top so the sun can get at the currents to ripen them.” You will have a bumper crop. You have to know when to snip. It is right after the berries have formed on the bush.
That is a smart idea
They look delicious! Your picture really shows them off and makes my mouth water. Wish I could get them fresh like that here in North Queensland.
the pictures are beautiful!
Growing up in Poland I used to eat tons of them since my grandparents had a few bushes in their garden. Sadly, these don’t grow anywhere near me here in the States.
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Yummy! Awesome photos!
I had these the other day in a frozen berry mix and couldn’t for the life of me remember what they were called!! So I was very happy to re-learn the name of my once-favourite fruit!
Good information – Thanks 🙂
You are welcome
I love these! I WWOOFED on a farm in Spain where they grew these and enjoyed popping a few into my mouth every rubber I walked by the bush. Beautiful photos.
These are the berries that my friends and I would go picking and pretend we were on one of those adventures and this was our only source of food we’d find. Totally brings me back to childhood.
We used to play this game too
great photos !
Love these! I’m trying to grow some but so far no fruit after two years. I’m thinking perhaps I need two bushes even though when I bought it I was sure it said self pollinating.
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I love your posts like these where you explore and ingredient. I always learn something new, and you have a way of making everything sound delicious and look beautiful.
The berries are beautiful. They look so juicy. 🙂
Lovely shot. The dichotomy of the currants with the can is nice. 🙂