Red currant berries aren’t widely known, but they are incredibly useful in so many different ways. Most people recognize them for their use in making red wine. But they have other great uses as well. For one, they are extremely healthy for you and, little known fact, they are related to gooseberries. Currants either look like small red grapes or blackish purple berries. They are incredibly useful in several different ways too. Here are a few of the most popular uses for currants.
Red Currant Wine:
Probably one of the most popular uses is by making them into wine. Since, the berry is very similar to grapes, it ferments almost in the same way. This aspect of red currant berries is what makes them so appealable to wineries.
The berries themselves are used in a variety of meals either as a garnish, main ingredient, or side ingredient. Many french dishes use red currant berries to draw out the flavor of other ingredients. They are mostly used in the same way that blackberries and blueberries are used in making tarts and pies – like the popular black currant sorbet.
Jelly and Jam:
Red and black currants also make amazing jelly and jams. Turns out that red currants naturally have a high amount of pectin, which is essential to making a good jelly. Most other jelly and jams require you to purchase commercial pectin, but since red currants have it naturally, you can rest assured that your jelly will “jell” correctly!
The scent of red currants is also one of its major attributes. It smells so sweet and relaxing that it makes a great scent for your home or office. That why we have our own red currant scented soy candle. Click here to check it out. It is one of our more popular scents and it will be sure to give any room a fresh welcoming aroma that everyone will love.
These are four of the best and most popular uses for red currants. Nutritionally, they are high in fiber, manganese, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K. They are incredibly delicious if you eat them raw too! They have a little bit of an acidic kick that balances out there sweetness. But, like most berries, they don’t have a very long shelf life. Keep them in the refrigerator with a towel over a bowl. They should last up to 5-7 days. Let us know what you think! How do you use red currant berries?