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Redcurrants

Redcurrants
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Availability

Redcurrants are available in December and January.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Native to the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, they are found in northern Europe, northern Asia and North America. In Europe they have been cultivated since the 1500's, even though many were looked upon with sheer distain especially by the Upper Classes.

 

Facts

  • The redcurrant plant is a deciduous shrub and belongs to the genus Ribes and Gooseberry family
  • Popular varieties include; Gloria de Versailles and Myra 
  • Contains Vitamin C and traces of Vitamin B, Iron and Phosphorus. The darker the colour of your fruit the better it is for you
  • Thought to aid detoxification of your body as well as the reduction of free radicals, assists with circulation, gum health and also acts as an anti-inflammatory, WOW!

 

Growing Facts

  • They thrive in full sunshine and also do well in slightly shaded sites
  • Redcurrants are popular because all the berries ripen at once, providing a larger harvest than black or white currants

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 112g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 262/63 234/56
Protein (g) 1.6 1.4
Fat, total (g) 0.2 0.2
- saturated (g) 0.02 0.02
Carbohydrate (g) 15.5 13.8
- sugars (g) 8.3 7.4
Dietary Fibre (g) 4.8 4.3
Sodium (mg) 1 1
Vitamin C (mg) 46 41
Potassium (mg) 308 275
Iron (mg) 1.12 1.0
Calcium (mg) 37 33
Folate (µg) 9.0 8.0
Thiamin (mg) 0.55 0.04
Magnesium (mg) 15 13
Riboflavin (mg) 0.06 0.05
Zinc (mg) 0.26 0.23
Niacin (mg) 0.11 0.1

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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