Monday, July 20, 2009
Black Currant Tea
Many people have seen red or white currants before. They have a nice sweet taste and go well in fruit salads or just eaten by themselves. The black currant on the other hand is too sour to be eaten on its own. It must be boiled with sugar or honey to cut balance it's tart nature. Why bother with all the fuss? Well, the black currant is sometimes called a "super food" because it contains a ridiculously high amount of vitamin C as well as good levels of potassium, phosphorous, iron and B5. It also has many anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. My favorite way to get my dose of black currant is black currant tea. Boil the currants as described in the recipe below and add the resulting syrup to green tea as a sweetener instead of sugar or honey.
Black Currant Tea:
Place currants in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat. FOr 1/2 lb of currants add 1 Tbs. sugar and 1Tbs. honey. Heat, stirring occasionally to mash the berries. When the berries have thickened to become a sauce remove from heat and cool. If you like sweeter sauce just add more sugar or honey. I like to keep the berry parts in there but you can also strain.