- REDCURRANT __ Ribes Rubrum
Origin: W. Europe
Vitamins: B1, C
Minerals: Fe, P, K, Mn
The currant is the only wild berry that fits in the botanical definiton of berry.
The redcurrant is a deciduous bush of 1 to 1,5 meters height, not thorny, of young lames ussually reddish. The leaves are palmed, 10 cm width, with almost no hair, 3 or 5 hardenned lobed, rounded in base. The flowers, yellow-greenish, are groupped in pendulous racemes of 3 to 6 cm. Blossoms in Spring.
The fruits are real berries of a bright red translucent color, around 10 mm of diameter, groupped in racemes of 3 to 10 berries.
They are rich in vitamins B1, C and iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and fibre.
Of tart flavour, it is much more usual for cooked preparations, specially in bakery, and preserves (marmalades, jams) than served raw.
The whitecurrant is an albino cultivar of the same bush. [See]