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!

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Look, Sharkey!  I spy something else red near the strawberry plants.

1 Look, Sharkey! I spy something else red near the strawberry plants.

Red currants!  Such a rich, beautiful color, don't you think, Sharkey?

2 Red currants! Such a rich, beautiful color, don't you think, Sharkey?

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!

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!

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!

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!

There's also the white currant, an albino version of the red.  It's not quite as tart as its red counterpart.

5 There's also the white currant, an albino version of the red. It's not quite as tart as its red counterpart.

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?

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?

Well, Sharkey, I suppose with that logic, you could say I'm more like Ribes nigrum, the black currant!

7 Well, Sharkey, I suppose with that logic, you could say I'm more like Ribes nigrum, the black currant!

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.

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.

So you see, Sharkey, I too, am sweet!

9 So you see, Sharkey, I too, am sweet!

Comments (12)

  • Good morning ladies,
    Geez, I never saw a currant before. They look little. I wonder how many it takes to make one jar of jam. Do you know girls? I bet like a gazillion. Don't laugh cause if you had a great big jar, it would probably take that many. hehehehehehe
    Lynn, how are those fires in Colorado? I hope they are making progress with that. Rebel, that must be hard work keeping all your ducks in a row. You must be exhausted. Dudley, are things settled down now? Birthdays are fun, aren't they? Chloe, how is the mole population, going down, down, down? hehehe
    Zoe, how is your itching? Missy Chow, Abby are you girls behaving? Kirby, are you getting rain yet? We are getting it today. Gail, Delia and all the rest of the Glue Squad, enjoy the day. I am going to find a show on TV that will help Lynn deal with a hissy can't be found cat. They have the Dog Whisperer. Lynn, check your Yellow
    Pages to see if there is a Cat Whisperer in your area. hehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Speaking of currants, I saw a girl walking around the campground with a hair dryer in her hand. When I asked her what she was doing she said, “I’m trying to find that ‘current’ bush to plug into so I can dry my hair.” I told her that I saw one down by the lake but she better hurry because it was getting dim and running out of power. Hehehehehe She was what we often call a “tenderfoot.” The sun did manage to show up late in the evening yesterday, but hasn’t shown itself as of yet today. Expecting more rain this afternoon. Oh well, I’ll get plenty plenty of nap time.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Instead of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, you two should be called the Franny and Sharkey Expedition. Today on the currant trails. I agree with Maddox, how many thousand of currants does it take to make a jar of jam? I have made many jars of jam/jelly in my day, but never a currant. I received a Blackberry bush from my son for Mother's Day and it is growing like crazy. Zoe, let us know with the doc says on your itching. Poor baby, that can't be fun. And Rebel, yesterday I imagined you leading all your ducklings in a row across the street. Cora Belle, it warms my heart to know that you love the Warrior Prince treats. You are keeping Lucinda on her toes baking them. Yes, you did think you were a pup venturing down the road. But you knew that James would watch and if you couldn't get back, well there he was. Thank goodness. Abby, glad you are back safe and sound. This fire here in Colorado is the second worst in it's history so far. Still 0% contained, but more firefighters are coming in today. They said we have the equivilant of a small army now. I bet many of you are getting the smoke between us and New Mexico. One thing I was thankful for, is there is a wolf sanctuary that was located right where the fire was headed and Sunday they got all 12 wolves out. They were all in their packs of 2 each and it was tricky I understand, but all are safe and with their proper mate. Send your rains to Colorado. No sign for 2 weeks at least they say. Happy Tuesday and Maddox you crack me up about the Cat Whisperer. I couldn't find one!!! Hehehehehe
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hi ladies!
    Those berries are teeny weeny! I bet the jelly goes in little jars, too!
    We have a serviceberry tree. Mimi & the grandkids are always in competition with the birds for the berries. We let the birds take over when the berries get really ripe. There are more than enough for all.
    Storms yesterday, quiet & cool today. I'll be a nappin'.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Kirby, just saw your comment, and I think you and Maddox should go on the road as a comedy duo---like Dean and Jerry. Hehehehe
    Lynn

  • My mouth is watering looking at the currants...I have several small trees/bushes that have berries and leaves just like this, but was not aware it was a currant fruit, it looks just like them, also a small tree that looks like it has raspberries and one with gooseberries...they all could be a wild ones. ~d

    Maddox, being a cat I know that socializing is hard especially if no owner works on that.

    Lynn be assured this is so cat-like! that's why many people don't like cat's, they can't be dominated like some of you doggies ;-) we are called snobs, unsocial and many more un's...ahhh, but there are those felines that are friendly, lovable and social to strangers, so not all of them are like that...mommie delia takes care of two cats that she doesn't see the whole time she cares for them, but she knows they're there, box full of poop and the food and water down ;-)

    I love the cat whisperer on TV =^, .^=

    Frenchie girls, thanks for sharing your currant info, I'm going to look into ID-ing the tree/bushes in the backyard.

    All our friends here the "Glue Squad" enjoy your day and be happy.

    delia & Kitty >^. .^<

  • I'm back. Where is everyone today? Are they all running around looking for currant berries? Cora-belle, I think you should have a visiting nurse like Mammy Jean did when she came home from the hospital. On second thought, Mammy Jean fired her. She said she doesn't need a nurse to tell her she needs to do her therapy excercises. She does 3 hours of that faithfully every day. So, she said the nurse didn't tell her anything she didn't already know. Same for you Cora-Belle. You know what you are supposed to do and not do so to heck with that idea. Oh well, sometimes I have good ideas and sometimes they stink. In this case, not good idea. You are who you are Cora-Belle and you will do as you please. Soooooo, this whole comment was a bust. Ok, I will come back later with something else. Oh yeah, Lynn, call Animal Control and tell them you are taking care of your neighbors FISH and every time you go in the house you hear a hissing sound and you don't know what it could be. When they find the cat, tell them you forgot they had a cat. Then duct tape the cat to a kitchen chair so you know where he is till the neighbors come home. Hehehehehe
    Maddox

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, How fun it is to see my favorite sweet, black and white Frenchies sharing these lovely red, black, and white currants at Martha's beautiful farm! These photos are beautiful because of the 2 of you and would love to see GK whom you could say was like the red currants!!! We used to have some red currants, but they were full of worms so Mom couldn't use them. Maddox, things have settled down somewhat and we had 2 dry, sunny days for Mom to plant some more veggies! Kirby, sure hope you don't get any more rain-maybe you could send some over to help Lynn get rid of those fires in Colorado! Lynn, sure hope those terrible fires and smoke go away soon and glad those wolves are safe! Rebel, sure hope you don't get anymore storms-you stay safe! Will check back later to hear from the rest of you buddies! Was nice to hear from Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow and hope you are doing well! Hope all of you buddies have a great, safe day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Mts. Bosley Chow Chow,
    I just looked at the comments and saw your name mentioned. I went back and looked at yesterday's post and I saw you there. Where have you been lady? We have not heard from you in a while. I hope you are well
    Love to you,
    Maddox
    Ok I think I am done for the day but you never know with me

  • Hello Francesca,Sharkey, Lynn, Maddox, Cora Belle, Chloe, Rebel and all the glue squad,
    Well those currants look great and jam made from the red ones is delicious! It is really good on crumpets and toast. Funny Currant story Kirby!
    Welcome back Mrs.Bosley Chow Chow.
    Lynn, guess what? You actually know a cat whisperer- my mom. At work she is called the cat specialist, cat person, cat whisperer. She is going to comment when I'm done here. I certainly hope and pray those forest fires are put out or contained soon in Colorado. I am getting lots of cuddle time and might go to the pet store later with mom to pick up more treats. When I stayed home with my gran and granpa I did not eat much because they fed me in my metal bowl, not the small blue flat dish I like. We frenchie pugs are picky eaters! Abby

  • Hi Lynn, Abby's mom Tracie here,
    The behavior of the cat you described is typical but it is great the cat is still eating and drinking. I wondered if you had a chance to "meet" the cat with her owner before the trip. That usually avoids this situation and maybe next time you can try that. Even if you have met the cat in her home they sense it is o.k. if you see them shortly before the trip with their special person. The cat is afraid so she is hissing to protect herself, nothing personal, just asserting her independence. I always wash my hands a lot before touching the cat's dishes to minimize my scent on the dishes. Cats are very intelligent and have a keen sense of smell and hearing. Then I feed their favorite meals and if one hides then I "camp out" with a book and some soft music for a while. Usually the cat watches me and eats while I am there. I ignore them and do not approach them unless the cat comes to me. 99% of the time they COME to me and either rub on me or end up sitting on my lap or the book. Classical music can be really soothing for them too. If the cat is still not visible but eating and drinking it is o.k. Watch the bowls and hum or sing softly while you clean litter boxes, etc. They size up the situation and will come around with time. Hope this helps. By the way, Mission Wolf Sanctuary is in the area you described and is very dear to my heart. I met and fell in love with one of their wolves named Abraham. He placed his big head on my lap when I was lucky enough to meet him years ago on their bus during a tour of the east coast. I am so thankful the wolves were evacuated!! Take care of yourself and be safe! Tracie

  • "Currently", I've yet to try currants! :)

    One of my favorite movies "Anne of Green Gables" mentions currant wine.

    I'm not one to try new foods, unless doused in chocolate! :)

    The red currants are indeed a beautiful red hue.

    Yes, Frannie girl, you are sweet! :)

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