WHAT ExACTLY IS Blackcurrant?
The Forbidden Fruit
Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a woody shrub, grown worldwide for its healthful berries. In 1911 blackcurrant was banned in the United States as it was thought to spread a fungus that killed white pines and thus threatened the timber industry. Blackcurrant came to be known as “the forbidden fruit” until New York was the first state to lift the ban in 2003. While blackcurrant is hugely popular in Europe, most Americans have missed out on these nutritious berries!
The taste of blackcurrant is like no other berry — sweet, earthy and tart, with a fresh and cleansing aftertaste. Once tried, our customers tell us they crave this unique tartness!
Sought out for their powerful health benefits, blackcurrants contain 4 times more vitamin C than oranges and twice the antioxidants of blueberries. They are also high in manganese, iron, vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids including alpha-linolenic acid and gamma-linolenic acid. Immune systems rejoice!