Blackcurrants, the dark purple, almost black berries, were originally grown in Europe, particularly in France, where they are known as Cassis. It was also in Europe where blackcurrants first earned the reputation as the healthiest of berries. This small berry with a crisp and refreshing taste and aroma is now primarily grown in New Zealand, Northern Europe, and Canada. In New Zealand, it is primarily grown in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island where the hot summers and cold winters produce the world’s best blackcurrants.
Europeans and the people of New Zealand alike have long loved the flavor of blackcurrants and used it in everything from sweets to jams, breakfast cereals, juices, and smoothies. Recently, science has revealed that New Zealand Blackcurrants are rich in nutrients, especially the anthocyanin and Vitamin C antioxidants along with an abundance of minerals. Because of its rich nutritional qualities, blackcurrants is commonly used as a health tonic, especially in New Zealand.
High Nutritional Value of New Zealand Blackcurrants
The Canterbury region in New Zealand, where New Zealand Blackcurrants are grown, is exposed to high levels of UV radiation that ensure that New Zealand Blackcurrants have the highest nutritional and health benefits of all the berries in the world. In particular, New Zealand Blackcurrants have the highest levels of Vitamin C and anthocyanin antioxidants among commonly available fruits and vegetables grown anywhere in the world.
Because of these high levels, New Zealand Blackcurrants is truly a superfruit effective for maintaining good health and an active lifestyle.
Production and Use
New Zealand Blackcurrants are harvested in midsummer and immediately frozen. They are then processed into juice concentrate, puree, or power. After processing, New Zealand Blackcurrants can be used for a variety of products such as juice, yoghurt, ice cream, and as an ingredient in breakfast cereals or in health supplements.
The tangy flavor that is so refreshing and unique to New Zealand Blackcurrants is particularly compatible with dairy products and meat as well as other fruits and berries. As more and more people discovers its unique qualities, the possibilities for its uses continue to expand.
New Zealand Blackcurrants are a superior fruit full of healthy possibility and potential. It is truly deserving of being labeled “The King of the Berries”.