Black currant has been cultivated in Europe for centuries. During WWII, Great Britain, with few natural sources of vitamin C, found that the berry grew well in the chilly, temperate climate. It was given for free to households with children under age two and remains a popular flavor to this day.
The plant, however, was banned in the United States starting in the early 1900s because it was found to be a threat to the logging industry.
Regulations have been lifted in some states, including Oregon, to allow us to enjoy this powerful little berry.
The fresh fruit has a beautiful perfume with a flavor reminiscent of Grape and Juniper berry. Enjoy Big Jalm's Black Currant jelly with Lamb chops, mixed with Gin and Soda, or spread on an English muffin with breakfast.
Collected at West Union Gardens in Hillsboro, OR