Black currants are one of very popular, summer season berries. Indeed, they are incredibly rich in several valuable health benefiting phyto-nutrients, and anti-oxidants that are vital for our health.
Blackcurrant is a small shrub belonging to the family of Grossulariaceae, in the genus; Ribes. Its scientific name: Ribes nigrum. Currants are native to central and northern Europe and Siberia. The currant (Ribes) plant is a fast growing, deciduous, small shrub reaching about 5-6 ft in height. In general, currants grow best in the regions where summers are humid but winters severe and chilling.
Currants can come in different colors. Berries of red, white and pink currants feature translucent pulp, sweeter in taste. They, however, concidered inferior to blackcurrants in terms of antioxidant power. Jostaberry are hybrids of R. nigrum and other wild gooseberries.