The black currant is known as an antioxidant, immunity-boosting berry.
Eating Fresh and Food Uses:
This deep purple black current can be enjoyed raw, however because of its strong, tart flavor it is a favorite for jam, jelly, and preserves as it readily sets due to its high content of pectin and acid.
For culinary uses, the preserves can be used in cheesecake, ice cream, and yogurt, and many other sweet dishes. Black currant sauce is a particularly complimentary addition to preparation of sweet or savory meat dishes such as lamb, chicken, or turkey.
Black currants are commercially grown for the juice market. In countries, such as the United Kingdom, you can find black currents used in drinks at local pubs. Black currant cordial is often mixed with a hard cider to make a drink called “cider and black”, or if you are in Britain it’s mixed with a lager and known as “lager and black.” The tart black current is impressively enjoyable in sauces and desserts and a wonderful addition to everyday diet bursting with many boosting health benefits.
Black currants are particularly rich in the infection fighting vitamin C. Its fruit and foliage have uses in traditional medicine as they are, in addition to vitamin C, loaded with B vitamins, and iron.
Black and red currants are picked late June to early July, depending on the year and weather. We usually have a large quantity of frozen berries available as well.
At Branches and Berries, Wauzeka, Wisconsin, we produce fruits and supply berries for wineries, juice and other food and beverage industries.
- Fruits are packaged in 35-40 pound boxes
- Minimum order of one 35-40 pound box
- Fruit is sold in increments of 35-40 pounds
- Pallet lots of 1,000-1,300 pounds are available
- Frozen berries are available year round
- Fresh berries are available seasonally at the farm