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DAWNLADY
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7/5/12 12:20 P

I love black currants and usually eat them raw.
I recently realized a lot of people do not even know blackcurrants.

I tend to mix them with sweeter berries.
White currants, raspberries or something and eat them raw.

Smoothie with black currants and those berries taste great too, blending them and adding apple (juice) is tasty too. - I blend in a high container using a hand held blender/mixer - you get those cheap if you do not have one

You could bake a crumble with them or a blackcurrant cake (mix whole fruits in plain or madeira cake dough or do a baked pastry case with blackcurrants on top and cake dough crumbs on top.

You can add them to pancakes

you can use stevia to sweeten them
Eat them with milk or yoghurt (or cream)
They are supposed to go good in salads /dressings (similar to raspberry vinaigrette) but I hate salad dressings and that is just hearsay.



Edited by: DAWNLADY at: 7/5/2012 (12:22)


NIGHTFLOAT
Posts: 136
6/4/12 4:54 A

Thanks for the thoughts, all! :) Maybe I will throw some on a salad or something. That's the only healthy thing I can think of that calls for berries. Usually berry recipes are desserts. Smoothies are a good idea but I don't have a blender or food processor.



HAZYSKIES
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6/1/12 9:20 A

Perhaps you could use them in smoothies. Muffins tend to have too much sugar in them to be healthy.



SOCPAGE
Posts: 221
5/31/12 9:34 A

When I can find them dried, I just use them anyplace that calls for raisins. when fresh, use anywhere that calls for berries. the tartness usually offsets the sweetness in the recipe.



SNOOPY1960
Posts: 1,680
5/31/12 12:01 A

Yes I love them !!!!!!!

BLACKCURRANT MUFFINS

1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup skim milk
2 cups blackcurrants
cinnamon/sugar

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees

Use paper liners to line your muffin tin

In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce and sugar.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt, and stir into egg mixture alternately with the milk.

Fold in blackcurrants.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle the muffin tops with cinnamon/sugar.

Bake in preheat oven for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes more, until golden.

You will love them !!!!

Makes 1 dozen muffins that freeze well. Place individual muffins in a sandwich bag.

Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 5/31/2012 (00:03)


BIKEBALTIMORE
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5/30/12 1:44 P

I don't have any ideas on eating yet - I just started growing a blackcurrant bush in my back yard.



NIGHTFLOAT
Posts: 136
5/29/12 11:00 A

*chirp chirp chirp*....anyone eat them?

Surprised to get no response on a healthy-eating board, check this out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackcurran
t#Nutrients_and_phytochemicals



NIGHTFLOAT
Posts: 136
5/22/12 5:55 A

They'll be in season soon, although I buy them frozen sometimes. I've been eating them in plain yogurt mixed with other fruit, but need more ideas for ways to eat blackcurrants. Mostly I just see jams and desserts online. I don't want to turn them into something sugary and unhealthy, but they are hard to eat alone since they are so tart. Ideas?



 
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