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Blackcurrant (Ribes Nigrum)

The berries are round, and many seeded, with the remains of the flower well defined as the 'tops' - and needing to be removed when the berries are 'topped and tailed' before cooking.

The fruit, fresh, bottled or frozen, can be used in a variety of desserts, but has an acid juice - so needs added sugar to be palatable.

They make good jam, pies (especially if a little mint is added)sorbets, and sorbets. While their juice makes popular proprietary cordials and in France Crème de Cassis - an alcoholic drink.

See "Blackcurrant; Medicinal uses"

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