Pronounce it: black-cuh-rant
The most intensely coloured and flavoured of all currants, blackcurrants are highly aromatic and have a delicious tart flavour.
Recent research findings suggest that eating blackcurrants can help prevent the onset of Alzheimers disease.
Choose the best
Look for plump, firm currants with shiny, unbroken skins.
Strip the currants from their stalks. Add raw to fruits salads if they are not too tart or cook in a little water with sugar to taste. Do not overcook or they will lose their fresh flavour.
Can be kept in the fridge for several days. Suitable for freezing.
As blackcurrant juice, jam, tisane, jelly and in crème de cassis liquer.
Can't find it
Try redcurrant, pinkcurrant or whitecurrant