Although I don’t have a green thumb, I do enjoy having a garden and see the lovely flowers blooming and spreading their lovely scent. With that said, I have to admit that I’m more appreciative of functional plants, which in my book means, edible. Yes, I’m that person that would choose consumption over aesthetics….
And, since my flowers are not of the edible kind, I have to admit that I think the coolest thing growing are the redcurrants and this summer has been an abundance of this lovely fruit, which makes me happy and that is why it’s this week’s Product Highlight!
- The redcurrant, Ribes rubrum, is a member of the genus Ribes in the gooseberry family, native to parts of Western Europe and are available from July through early September
- Red currant berries are known as superfruit as they have a naturally high antioxidant capacity due to the pigmented polyphenol, which is mainly found in the skin and seeds of berries. Being a rich source of several antioxidant minerals, regular intake of raw redcurrant fruit helps the detoxification of your body as well as the elimination of the free radicals produced as a result of biochemical reactions in the body.
- They help to purify blood and enhance the texture of the skin and are even said to be effective in relieving certain skin ailments including eczema and acne. The vitamin C in the berry is an essential nutrient that will protect your skin from free radicals and is important for collagen production which keeps skin young and beautiful
- Eaten before meals, redcurrants prepare the stomach for digestion by promoting the secretion of digestive juices
- OK, all men reading this can skip this info and I apologize, but redcurrant regulates the menstrual cycle and also helps relieve the pain and bloating experienced during menstruation
- Redcurrant helps control blood pressure by regulating the circulatory system, and thereby reduces the risk of heart attack and other coronary disorders
Tip: To easily prepare the fruit, use a fork to sweep down the stalk to easily pop off the berries
Tip: Can be stored in the fridge for up to three days. Don’t wash them before storing or remove the currants from their sprigs, as they will burst and lose their sugary juice