The redcurrant is a small edible berry from the hardy shrub of the same name. The redcurrant shrub grows prolifically all over northern Europe.

The berry is tart in flavour and very acid, and is consequently rarely eaten raw, unless accompanied by a generous helping of sugar. Rcdcurrants are ideal for stewing, on their own or with other soft fruit, as fillings for pies and flans and for use in compotes, jams and jellies. Rcdcurrants are rich in vitamin C.

To prepare redcurrants, remove the tops and tails and wash them quickly under running water. Drain and use as required.

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