June 12th, 2012
It's Currant Season!
Posted by F&S
On yesterday’s blog, we told you about the strawberries growing in our strawberry patch. It turns out that many of you readers simply love strawberries. Well, how many of you know about currants? Currant season closely follows when strawberries are ripe, and wouldn’t you know it, we Frenchies know a thing or two about these versatile berries!
1 Look, Sharkey! I spy something else red near the strawberry plants.
2 Red currants! Such a rich, beautiful color, don't you think, Sharkey?
3 Yes, Francesca, it's definitely currant season! There are different varieties of currants, both edible and inedible, which are part of the gooseberry family! The gooseberries, however, are not quite ripe yet!
4 That's right, Sharkey. There are three varieties of edible currants, and Martha planted all of them right here. These are the red currants, which have a very tart flavor. Martha makes delicious jam from them every summer!
5 There's also the white currant, an albino version of the red. It's not quite as tart as its red counterpart.
6 White currants are also turned into jams, and also wine, and syrup. Because of their sweetness, you can eat them out of hand. White and sweet like me right, Franny?
7 Well, Sharkey, I suppose with that logic, you could say I'm more like Ribes nigrum, the black currant!
8 This currant is similar to the red and white varieties, but is much more fragrant with a pleasant sweetness. Black currants are used to make that delicious liqueur called, crème de cassis.
9 So you see, Sharkey, I too, am sweet!
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