Friday, June 26, 2009

Currant Picking Time

The red currants are not ripe yet.
Freshly picked Black Currants ready for cleaning
Today we got out into the garden early and enjoyed the simple pleasure of picking ripened black currants. Black currants are a cousin of the more common red currants which are not ripe yet. Some gardeners avoid growing black currants because they have a distinctive strong odor -it is not bad, it is just not good! But as soon as the currants are cooked and sugar is added, the rich fruity black currant flavor comes through. Not only are they delicious, the color is beautiful a stunning dark red-purple. The French love to make the juice into sorbet and drinkers of fine liquer know it as Cassis. I love to use them to make black currant jam.

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