What Is a Currant & How Do You Cook With It?

Fresh Black Currants Fruit How To Use Recipes

Heard of a currant?

I did a bit of research after impulsively buying some at the farmer’s market this week. Here’s a breakdown of what these little guys are all about:

Fresh currants are not the same as dried currants. Fresh currants are a form of gooseberry while dried currants (Zante currants) are a form of grape.

The three most common types of fresh currants are red, white, and black. All pack a tart punch, with the white being the sweetest and the black being the strongest in flavor.

Currants are in season from June through August, which means that we’re experiencing prime currant-eating time right now!

White currants are sweet enough to eat raw and go well with mild nuts like almonds.

Red and black currants tend to taste better when cooked. The two are most often used in jams.

Some recipes, you ask? But of course!:

Fresh Currant Brown Rice Salad Recipe Using CurrantsBrown Rice Salad with Fresh Currants


Fresh Red Currant Scone RecipeRed Currant Scones


black currant and white chocolate crème brulee recipeBlack Currant & White Chocolate Crème Brulee


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recipes for blackcurrants, redcurrants and whitecurrants

Black Currant Ripple Meringues + More