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Black currants - yum
Member Name: lubyloo
Advantages: versatile and easy to grow
Disadvantages: can be labourious to pick
Black currants are little black berries not to be mistaken for black berries which are larger and more bobbly (the best way I could describe them!) black currants are smooth and small around 8 to 10mm in diameter.
Grow your own
The cheapest and easiest way to get black currants is to grow your own, you will need a black currant bush which you can buy in most stores for around £3 to £5 I bought mine from Aldi a few years ago. They take a year to establish but once they're off they're off. You can plant them among your flower borders as that helps them to polinate or in a fruit and veg section of your garden. They need a good deal of sun and grow quite tall so bear that in mind. I have found mine quite hardy, once you have harvested the berries in around July/Aug time so in late Aug/Sept you can trim back the bush to a size that suits your garden. To harvest the berries just pick them off. What I love about these berries in particular is that when you are picking you can smell the black currant smell as it's strong, the leaves smell of it too!
On their own the currants can be quite wincy to taste but add them to many other fruits and they taste great.
How to use
Fresh black currants are great in crumbles, flans, summer fruit puddings and much more. You could also make black currant jelly. The other thing I have used my black currants for is smoothies, I have a smoothie juicer (see Jack La lane review) just pop them in the top with all the other fruits such as red currants, apples, kiwi and grapes and wow you have your own tasty drink. Fresh black currants can also be frozen, just wash and bag them up as soon as you can after picking. Once in your freezer as soon as they are frozen tap the bag so that they don't stick together and then you can pour out as many as you need as the year goes on.
A great berry with lots of various uses.
Summary: A great berry with lots of advantages and uses