Resembling a colorful celery stalk, this vegetable is most commonly used as a fruit and grows in two main varieties. Field-grown rhubarb has attractive dark red stalks and green leaves.
The Dumpling squash is a small winter variety, and averages four inches in diameter. The size of an extra large apple with a flattened top -
Black Currant Berries
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This item was last sold on : 08/08/14
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Black currant berries are available in early summer.
Black currants, botanical name Ribes nigrum, are woody shrubs within the family Grossulariaceae. They are one of over 150 species within the Ribes genus, which also includes Red currants White currants and gooseberry species. Black currant plants grow wild and they are cultivated both commercially and domestically for their berries.
Black currants have a taut glossy black skin that encases a soft pulpy flesh which contains small edible seeds. The fruit has bright aromatics with a tart piquant flavor. Black currants have thicker skins than the Red and White varieties, and can be picked individually without damage to the fruit.
Black currants' strong, tart flavour and astringency require sweetening to be palatable yet they are excellent for adding flavor and texture to sauces, liqueurs, jams, jellies and syrups. Complimentary pairings include baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, cream, clove, citrus fruits, tomatoes, juniper, ginger, strawberries, lemon verbena, game meats, pork, shellfish, grilled steak and herbs such as basil and mint.
All cultivated currant species have Asian and European ancestry. The most significant historical source of cultivation of currants was within Russia during the 11th century when they were grown in monastery gardens, towns and and settlements. Black currants grow in many climates and are able to flourish in moist to wet, well-drained soil and once established they need little irrigation to survive.
Recipes that include Black Currant Berries. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cake and Commerce||Cake and Commerce's New England Cassis|
|Vegalicious Recipes||Apricot Almond Tart with Blackcurrants and Lavender Syrup|
|Bron Marshall||Black Currant Pie with Frangelico Crème Chantilly|
|Danish Schnapps Recipes||Black Currant Schnapps|
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