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Tart and aromatic blackcurrants are at their best in summer. Find out how to select and prepare blackcurrants and what you can make with them.
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 berry fruits such as 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.
Learn how to grow your own blackcurrants from the experts at Gardeners’ World.
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 (see below)
As blackcurrant juice, jam, tisane, jelly and in crème de cassis liquer. See our collection of blackcurrant recipes for more ideas.
Try redcurrant or pinkcurrant.