Currant, Wild Black
Black Currant is native to the Bosque habitat of the Rio Grande and has delicious round fruit that looks like a shiny blueberry . It has a nice, sweet flavor. Use for jam, syrup or raisins, or leave for wildlife. Also known as clove currant due to the spicy smell of the beautiful yellow flowers.
Black currants have outstanding health benefits, including high Vitamin C content, up to 5 times that of oranges by weight. They have twice the potassium of bananas and twice the antioxidants of blueberries. The antioxidants, essential fatty acids and potassium in black currants have anti- inflammatory impact, reducing the effects of arthritis. Its antioxidant action has been shown to help prevent cancer. The strong flavor of Black Currants is highly prized in Europe, even fresh, but most Americans prefer them made into jam, syrup or dried as raisins.