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.


Blackcurrants are at their peak in June and July. You can buy frozen blackcurrants year-round.

Choose the best

Look for plump, firm currants with shiny, unbroken skins.

Prepare it

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.

Store it

Can be kept in the fridge for several days. Suitable for freezing.

Cook it

As blackcurrant juice, jam, tisane, jelly and in crème de cassis liquer.


Try redcurrant or pinkcurrant.

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

About BBC Good Food

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.

Our recipes

All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too.

Tell us what you think…

Love the new look or think we’ve missed the mark? We want to hear your thoughts – good and bad – to make sure we make the new website as useful as possible.


Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and get triple-tested recipes delivered to your door, every month.


Discover the dates and details of all the BBC Good Food Shows.


See your favourite chefs on Sky Channel 247, Virgin TV 260 and find their recipes at

Good Food Apps

Download the BBC Good Food Recipes, tips & cooking tools app and get good food on the go.