Red Currents are a lovely berry and I planted a bush for the kids to graze on a few years ago. It’s a berry that grew in abundance in Norway where I grew up (read more about red currants in last years blog post) and I have fond memories of snacking on picking berries that were warming in the sun. To me, they taste like summer in Norway.
Ava loves little cooking projects and making drink concoctions. She loves feeding them to test bunnies like her Grandma. Here, Ava and I turned sparkling water into a ‘festive and pink’ party drink. No sugar, no other additives.. simply mash berries and strain juice. Discard solids. Mix with sparkling water and top with some berries as garnish! Voila! Berry water for the princess party!
1/2 cup of red currants and a small handful for garnish
Mash berries in strainer
Discard solids and save the juice
In a large glass pitcher with ice and sparkling water, add berry juice
Stir and garnish each glass with some fresh berries
Red currants are an awesome berry! This plant needs a cold winter to thrive and does very well in cold harsh climates. I remember it well from Norway, and you can find it in other parts of Western Europe. I found a great selection of currant plans in a local Seattle nursery and so far they have been very happy – yielding huge amount of berries in late spring. Ours are starting to ripen right now!
The berries come in many variations.. red, white and black. They are part of the gooseberry family and are widely used in jellies, jams, juice and can certainly be eaten raw as well! They’re a little tart, but are a great source of Vitamin C, antioxidants, iron, and fiber. So yes, pretty much a super berry!
Try them as a topping to ice cream or Greek yogurt. They are also a fabulous berry for little tots to pick and snack on directly from the plant – as the berries are very easy to spot and reach.
As the berries ripen I will experiment with recipes in the next few months (that is if the kids don’t eat them all!) – so stay tuned and let us know if you have a favorite recipe to share! 🙂