Currants are small berries that grow on shrubs and are more like gooseberries. They vary in color from deep dark purple to brilliant ruby red to an almost translucent white, and have a sweet and sour berry flavor. All varieties have a bright acid kick to balance out their sweetness, and a fair amount of tannins that can make your mouth pucker.
Fresh currants can be used like blueberries, and somewhat like blackberries or raspberries, in tarts and pies, and other desserts, such as sorbets and puddings. Use them fresh in fruit salads, particularly berry mixes, or to garnish desserts.
This week we have the red currents only (the “Jonkheer van Tets” variety); picked ripe and ready to eat. These are more tart than the pink ones, and work well in desserts or with other berries in a mix. Currants do not ship or store well, and only berries that are grown within our local foodshed can be picked ripe enough for OtterBee’s.
Grown at Smith River Organic Farm (Smith River, CA), a small organic, permaculture farm that is farmer Terry Allaway’s pride and joy. Terry is one of our local permaculture experts, speaking at a variety of events and sharing her knowledge with those interested in growing food according to nature.
Picked within 24 hours of delivery. We recommend you refrigerate your berries right away, and eat them within a day or two after you get them! Limit 1 per customer, please.