Not to be confused with dried currants (which are tiny raisins made from Zante grapes), these dainty berries deliver a big,
tart taste. Black currants, called cassis in French, are used to make crème de cassis liqueur.
Season: June through August
How to Choose Currants
Currants come in three colors: red, white, and black. Acidic and musky black currants are typically used for preserves or syrups. Red and white berries are slightly less acerbic. Pick plump, hull-free specimens.
How to Store Currants
Refrigerate in a tightly covered container for up to 4 days.
How to Prepare Currants
Remove them from their stems and wash just before using.
How to Use Currants
Although traditionally made into jams, syrups, and preserves, currants can also be added to pan sauces for pork chops and other meats or used as a tart salad garnish. Try serving red and white berries topped with sugar and cream as a simple summer dessert.
Real Simple Currant Recipes:
- Red Currant Butter
- Red Currant-Glazed Chicken With Spinach
- Roasted Cauliflower With Currant Parsley Sauce
- Broccoli Rabe With Red Currant Sauce
Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.
Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.