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2011/238: White Currants

When I was about Sara’s age, my parents used to lease a garden not far from where we lived, and we would spend Saturday or Sunday afternoons there. Sometimes family would join us, and sometimes my sister or I could invite a friend. We used to have apple, pear, and cherry trees, strawberries, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, and all kinds of other fruits and vegetables, including red, black and white currants.
Currants have always been one of my favorite fruit, and I’m not picky about the color. Unfortunately they are almost impossible to find here in the US. I have only been able to find them twice, both times at Central Market. And not cheap! A year or two ago, they had red currants, and this time they had both white and black… and I decided to get the white ones. Delicious! I even shared with the rest of the family 😉

12 responses

  1. I too am a lover of currants, all kinds. We have had great crops of black and red ones in our garden this year. I love to collect wild blackberries from the hedgerows next month for pies,jam and just to eat. Never tasted white currants. this makes me feel hungry……..

    26. August, 2011 at 05:37

  2. They’re so beautiful..almost transparent. Love how you captured these.

    26. August, 2011 at 07:18

  3. Becky Sue

    They are beautiful! Do you eat them like grapes or do you add them to other food?

    26. August, 2011 at 07:40

    • Yup, just pull them off the stems and eat.
      The photo shows them a bit larger than actual size.

      26. August, 2011 at 07:43

  4. You eat them raw? Wow! We grew currents (red ones) at Old Sturbridge Village (it was appropriate to the time period) but I thought they were really sour when I tasted them. We cooked with them – pie and a drink called “shrub” – both had lots of sugar added to them!

    26. August, 2011 at 09:25

  5. interesting……I don’t think I’ve evertasted one.

    26. August, 2011 at 11:08

  6. Well you learn something new every day huh…. I’d never heard of white currants myself, let alone seen or tasted them…

    28. August, 2011 at 10:01

    • If you’ve ever tasted red currants, these are pretty close (as far as I can remember)

      28. August, 2011 at 10:10

  7. I’ve never seen white currants before. nice pic. I’ll watch for them in Central Marketl

    28. August, 2011 at 10:39

  8. aswirly

    These are currants??? Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever had them. The image is beautiful. THey’re so transparent!

    28. August, 2011 at 12:16

  9. Beautiful photo. I’ve never had raw currents. I’ve had them dried, in scones and muffins and things. They look delicious.

    29. August, 2011 at 14:27

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