The blackcurrant or black currant (Ribes nigrum) is a shrub that is native to the temperate parts of central and northern European areas as well as Northern Asia but nowadays can be found around the world. Cultivation in Europe is believed to have started in the 17th century. At that time blackcurrants were mostly used for medicinal purposes for example to help with sore throats or even lower fevers. Nowadays they appear in many domestic gardens and are grown commercially as well.
Blackcurrants bloom in spring, produce beautiful pink- blue flowers and are known for its edible berries which are rich in vitamin C and polyphenols (antioxidants). This aromatic fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and has a strong and tart flavour with a sour taste. The dessert Rote Grütze` is very common in Northern Germany and Denmark where it is called Rødgrød. The commercial use goes beyond this specific dish. Commercially blackcurrants are used for jams, jellies, preserves, juices and cordials, yoghurt, ice-cream, alcoholic beverages, flavouring teas, and it also finds its uses for dyes.
At Tobien Trading we offer freeze-dried blackcurrant in whole, as granulates and powder, as well as products from organic and conventional farming.