Red currant: properties and cultivation

Red currant: properties and cultivation

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Red currant, fruit, and plant, originally from Western Europe and also widespread in Italy. As a fruit it is famous and appreciated as the extracts are also loved, not only by gourmands and health enthusiasts, but also by cosmetics professionals who use them in products to reduce skin blemishes. Returning to Red currant as a fruit to eat, it has a particularly low glycemic index and is rich in properties and benefits, for example for skin and hair care because it helps protect the collagen and the proteins present in them. But there is much more to read and to tell.

Red currant: plant

Before starting to list the many properties of red currant, a hint of its status as a plant: it is a shrub belonging to the black currant family (Ribes nigrum) and gooseberries. It has fruits known for their slightly sour taste and ripen in summer, first the greenish or white flowers come, the leaves are not large but green and a little hairy. Not in an unpleasant way.

Red currant: therapeutic properties

In addition to the taste of Red currant, which we will then see how to use in the kitchen, it is also interesting to investigate its role at a medicinal and phytotherapeutic level. For example it is an antipyretic and also acts in case of kidney stones or gout because it favors the removal of uric acid, there are also those who understand it as a laxative, but its effect is mild, more than anything else from stimulant of metabolism.

Rich in vitamin C and folic acid Red currant it is recommended to prevent anemia and fight free radicals, then it helps us get rid of toxins. This tasty fruit for those who love slightly sour flavors, is an excellent source of manganese, contains copper and iron, as well as essential vitamin K for protecting bones.

Red currant fibers regulate intestinal activity, vitamin A and vitamin E make us age less or better. There coumarin it is another precious substance that red currant provides us with, it acts as an anticoagulant and is used to produce drugs that thin the blood.

Red currant: cultivation

The Red currant as a plant it is not difficult to cultivate, it arranges itself and loves bright positions but not with too much direct sun which can burn the leaves. It belongs to the Grossulariacee family, reaches a maximum of two meters in height, has simple or palmate leaves but everyone always and only looks at the berries. For those unfamiliar with them, they are translucent, red but also pinkish, spherical and no more than one centimeter in diameter. The pulp is a shame not to taste it, it is sweet-sour and with very small seeds.

Red currant: recipes

In addition to decorating ice cream, desserts and cocktails, fruit salads or creative dishes, the Red currant it can also be used as a real ingredient to prepare tasty recipes with high vitamin value. We find it more and more often in salads and in some side dishes, to flavor sauces or exotic sauces. Has a low glycemic index so it can be used generously, it counts 48 calories per hectogram.

The recipes with Red currant are numerous and to be invented, the simplest but useful is that for the juice which is a drink rich in antioxidants, excellent for regaining vigor and well-being. It can also be used externally, to calm down skin irritations.

Red currant: jam

I haven't mentioned it so far, but many will have already thought of it for themselves: there is also the red currant jam. And it is a delight. Jams as well as preserves, jellies, juices, smoothies and jams are all easily purchased in grocery stores and supermarkets, there are also recipes to make them with our hands and then enjoy them spread or as topping for a cake to share with friends.

Red currant: price and where to buy it

You can buy it online for less than 8 euros a seedling of Red Ribes to be preserved and made to bear fruit. It has a pleasant appearance as well as producing virtuous berries. In this casethe map we will receive will be a maximum of 30 cm, it will then be our task to make them reach at least one meter in height, by the book. We can grow it in the garden both in the ground and in pots, or in a container to be placed on the terrace. The fruits arrive in July and we can find them at the market or supermarket. It is not always easy to find them and it is easier to go and look for a reference gardener who sells them. There are also frozen foods but obviously they are not the same thing.

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