The Black Currant – The Vitamin C Miracle

Black currants are among the fruits richest in vitamin C. This strengthens the immune system. They also relieve the effects of cough, hoarseness, and cold.

Black currant: application and medicinal properties

The leaves and fruits of the black currant are mainly used in folk medicine. Because of its astringent, diaphoretic, digestive, and diuretic effects, black currant is used for respiratory diseases, and diarrhea, but also for the first signs of cough, hoarseness, and colds. The leaves are often used as an admixture for bladder and kidney teas.

Active ingredients contained in black currant

Flavonoids, phenolic acids, vitamin C, fruit acids, pectins


The black currant is a strong, deciduous shrub that can grow to a height of 2 meters and has an intense odor. The leaves are arranged alternately, with three to five lobes and serrate on the outer edge. Smooth black fruits hanging in small clusters develop from the flowers (flowering period from April to May). The taste of the black currant is sour to tart.

The black currant is related to the white and red currant.


The black currant is found in Europe, Asia, and North America. It prefers humus-rich, moist soil. It is very popular as an ornamental and useful plant.

Other names of black currant

Black currant, cassis, gooseberry, Burberry

Interesting facts about the black currant

Due to their bitter taste, black currants are usually processed into juice, syrup, jelly, or jam. In combination with sugar, they unfold their special aroma. Cassis liqueur, an ingredient in the popular Kir Royal cocktail, is made on the basis of blackcurrants.

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Written by Crystal Nelson

I am a professional chef by trade and a writer at night! I have a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts and have completed many freelance writing classes as well. I specialized in recipe writing and development as well as recipe and restaurant blogging.

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