Blackcurrant cultivation is on the rise according the NY Times. Though mostly unknown in the States, blackcurrants are very popular here in Europe. Basically anything that would be grape-flavored in the U.S. is blackcurrant-flavored here: jam, juice, Skittles, Starburst, etc. They have a funkiness that some may find strange (a “stinking and somewhat loathing savour,” according to a 1925 book, “The Small Fruits of New York”), but we’re very fond of the flavor. It’s good to see that farmers and chefs are beginning to embrace it.

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