Popular in New Zealand, black currants have a wide array of health benefits which can easily compete with those offered by blueberries. A ‘health food’ in the real sense, black currants have experienced a decline in popularity when it was banned in the US during the early 1900’s due to its supposed threat to the lumber industry. Just five years ago, that ban was lifted and Americans are now able to enjoy the teeming health benefits of black currants.
This member of the berry family is an excellent source of vitamin C. It also has the unique GLA or Gamma Linolenic Acid, an atypical fatty acid. You can get a healthy dose of antioxidants and free radicals from this fruit. It is also known to reduce inflammation while protecting your body from cell damage.
Blackcurrants can be used as a snack food, but they are mostly incorporated in juices, tea, jams, yoghurts, jelly, ice cream, wine and other fruity desserts. Enjoy!