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Baby Purple Brussels Sprouts
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Red Currant Berries
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Red currants are harvested in North America beginning in late spring. Chilean Red currants are imported into North America in early winter.
Red currants, botanical name Ribes nrubrum, are woody shrubs within the family Grossulariaceae. They are one of over 150 species within the Ribes genus, which also includes Black currants White currants and gooseberry species. The word “berry” has two meanings: one based on a botanical classification, the other on the common commercial identification. Red currants, Black currants and gooseberries are true berries because their seeds are held within the fruit, which is defined as epigynous berries.
Red currant berries are pearl sized, candy apple red and somewhat translucent. Like their their black counterparts, Red currant berries have a taut thin glossy skin that encases a soft pulpy flesh which contains small edible seeds. When the berries' skin is pierced the fruit explodes with bright fruity aromatics and a tart piquant flavor.
Red currant berries are known as “superfruits” as they have naturally high antioxidant capacity due to the pigmented polyphenol, cyanidin. Medical research has proven there are medicinal properties of pigmented polyphenols, which are mainly found in the skin and seeds of berries.
Red currants can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried. They can also be frozen for long term preservation and use. Red currants' natural tart flavour and astringency is enhanced with sweetening via sugar, honey, agave and of course through cooking. Red currants add 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, huckleberries, stone fruit such as peaches and cherries, 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. Red currant plants grow wild and they are cultivated both commercially and domestically for their berries. Red currants grow in many climates within the Northern hemisphere and they are able to flourish in moist to wet, well-drained soil and once established they need little irrigation to survive.
Recipes that include Red Currant Berries. One is easiest, three is harder.
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