Black Currant Fruit Facts and Health Benefits 101
Facts about Black Currant Fruit
The black current fruit is the delicious berry of a tree, which normally grows to around 1-2 meters and may be seen in Asia and Central and Northern Europe. The botanic name of the shrub is Ribes Nigrum (meaning "black ribes").
The fruit is about 1 cm in diameter, black in color, with fairly shiny skin and a calyx at the top, and it has several seeds. The berries are usually employed in the kitchen due to their astringent flavor, which gives taste to some food and drinks. For instance, its leaves are utilized in Russia to enhance the flavor and color of liquor such as Vodka, and it is popular in the United Kingdom, in which it is combined with cider to make "Cider and Black".
The fruit is also put into beer, and many beer drinkers think it helps make the flavor more pleasant.
Health Benefits of Eating Black Currants
Black Currant Nutrition and Calories
|Nutrition Value of 100 g Black Currants|
Black Currant Jam
Make: 4.5 kg jam
1.8 kg blackcurrants
1.7 liters water
2.7 kg granulated sugar
small knob butter
Soak the black currants in cold water in a sink. Pull their stalks off, then put the berries into the water in a preserving pan. Bring to the boil, then simmer, for approximately 45 minutes, uncovered, until the water is reduced and the berries turn soft.
Add the granulated sugar, stirring constantly until it has fully dissolved, then bring the mixture to a light boil. Allow it to bubble for about 8-10 minutes.
Now, it's time to test for a set -- place a spoonful of the mixture on to a ice cold saucer, subsequently put it in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, turn the jam down. You should feel a jam-like consistency when gently pressing it with finger. Otherwise, return and re-boil, and test again.
Put in the butter and mix properly. Cool the black currant jam for 10 minutes or so to avoid the fruit sinking. Ladle into sterilized jars -- never fill up to the top. Allow the jam to cool before covering.
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