Wednesday’s In the Know: Currants
Those gorgeous little pearls lining our farmers market stands during the prime of summer. Thanks to Food.com, below is a quick overview of not only what to expect, but also how to store, what they pair well with and substitutions when it comes to cooking and baking.
There are two distinct types of currants:
- Dried zante grape; like a raisin. Zante grapes are most commonly used in baked goods
- Fresh tiny berries: They can be found either black, red, or white. The black ones are used for preserves, syrups and liqueurs; while the red and white berries are for eating out of hand.
- July – September
- The dried zante grapes are available year round, the fresh currants have a summer season.
How to Store:
- Refrigerate fresh currants, tightly covered, up to 4 days.
Matches well with:
- Almonds, cherries, cream or dairy, pears, and raspberries.
- Raisins, chopped soft prunes, and chopped dates.
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