Jul
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Posted (Deb) in Recipes

Black currants are very rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals

In particular, black currants are renowned for their high content in Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and potassium. They have been shown to have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C of oranges, and twice the antioxidants of blueberries.

Black currants contain anthocyanins, which are compounds naturally found in berries. They are very potent antioxidants and are responsible for the color of black currants. Around 300 different types of anthocyanins have been discovered.

The taste of black currants is very tart and sharp, and they’re used to make black currant jellies, jams, added to desserts or as a part of sauces and dippings. Black currants are commonly used to make cordial, liqueur, ice-cream and they can also be found in juice form.  The taste of cooked and sweetened black currants is intense.

Black Currant Sauce
Wash currants and measure. Place currants in a heavy, non-aluminum sauce pan. For the basket of currants , mix in 1 TBS. Stoneledge Farm honey or other good honey and 1 TBS. sugar.   Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally to mash berries and make sure they don’t stick. When the mixture becomes a thickened sauce remove from heat and let cool. If mixture is not sweet enough, add more sugar or honey and reheat until sugar is dissolved.   I didn’t take all of the stems from the Black Currants before cooking so I put the finished sauce from above through a fine sieve or food mill.

Use sauce over vanilla ice cream and serve with chocolate brownies.  You can mix this sauce into your favorite barbecue sauce and add some chili pepper for a spicy, sweet sauce that is great on poultry and beef. You may also add a pinch of cinnamon, a dash of cloves, and/or a few gratings of whole nutmeg to this sauce.

Black Currant Juice

The juice/syrup can be added to soda water to create something that resembles an Italian soda.  It is also delicious in tea.  Store the syrup in a sterilized glass bottle in your refrigerator as you would fruit pancake syrups.