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White Currants

White Currants

White Currants
© Denzil Green

White Currants an albino sport of red currants that occurred naturally .

The berries look translucent off-white or golden, and have a less tart flavour than red ones. Some cultivars are even fine for eating fresh out of hand.

The bushes grow 5 to 6 feet (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 metres) tall, and will produce about 10 to 12 pounds (4 1/2 to 5 1/2 kg) of berries per bush.

The berries grow on one year-old wood, and on new branches coming off older branches.

Cultivars include: Weisse aus Juterbog (1890s), White Imperial (1890 -- Geneva, New York), White Versailles (1840), Primus, White Pearl.

Some cultivars, such as White Imperial, may have a pink blush to them.

Cooking Tips

Use a fork to pull them off their stalks.

Storage Hints

White Currants can be frozen whole, and used for jelly or juice.

Literature & Lore

"The wine made from white currants, if rich of fruit, so as to require little sugar, is, when kept to a proper age, of a flavor similar to the Grave and Rhenish wines; and I have known it preferred as a summer table wine." -- Henry Phillips. Pomarium Brittanicum. 1820.

See also:


Açaí Berries; Akala Berries; Aronia Berries; Baba Berries; Barberries; Berries; Bilberries; Black Currants; Black Gooseberries; Blueberries; Buffalo Currants; Bumbleberries; Cape Gooseberries; Cloudberries; Cranberries; Devil Spits Day; Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show; Elderberries; Garden Huckleberries; Gooseberries; Haw Flakes; Hawthorne Berries; Huckleberry; Hudson Bay Currants; Jostaberries; Lingonberries; Mulberries; Otaheite Gooseberry; Raspberries; Red Currants; Saskatoon Berries; Sea Buckthorn; Serendipity Berries; Strawberries; Sunberries; Tayberries; Thimbleberries; Ugni; Waimate Berries; White Currants; Wineberries; Wonderberries; Worcesterberries

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Oulton, Randal. "White Currants." CooksInfo.com. Published 10 July 2005; revised 01 October 2010. Web. Accessed 05/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/white-currants>.

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