The blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum), also known as black currant or cassis[a], is a deciduous shrub in the family Grossulariaceae grown for its edible berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia, where it prefers damp fertile soils. It is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically.
The raw fruit is particularly rich in vitamin C and polyphenols. Blackcurrants can be eaten raw, but are usually cooked in sweet or savoury dishes. They are used to make jams, preserves, and syrups and are grown commercially for the juice market. The fruit is also used to make alcoholic beverages and dyes.
Organic currants are especially high in anti-oxidants and vitamins. The fruit is usually cultivated for its health benefits, although they also make a delicious snack when raw or dried.
Ideal for snacking or adding a splash of colour to salads, slices of our organic currants are naturally sweet and full of antioxidants.
Currants are valuable in the kitchen. They add a tangy sweetness to baked goods, or transform savoury dishes like roast lamb into something extraordinary. They freeze well and can be enjoyed all year long.