Black currant and medicinal recipes

Black currant is a powerful medicine from nature

Black currant has a tiny, juicy berries with pleasant sour-sweet taste, they are very healthy and full of healing properties. It has a beneficial effect on bone health, helps fight cancer and works to prevent it. Besides homemade currant juice reduces the risk of a large number of cardiovascular diseases. Represents a natural multivitamin.

Black and red currant is unfortunately quite neglected in the diet, although abundant in precious materials. Therefore, make the best out of it when you can and eat other healthy berries. Read on to learn more about their medicinal properties, and how to prepare tea and healing juice of black currant.

Black currants are rich in useful materials

Besides the well-known red, which is the most common in Europe there is a black currant. It is both healing and healthy, and be sure to include it in your diet. This low-calorie fruit contains carbohydrates, dietary fiber and protein. Is very rich in carotene, which gives it color, and, moreover, helps the synthesis of vitamin A. It protects the mucous membranes and stimulates metabolism at the cellular level. Berries contain remarkable amounts of vitamins B1, B2 and B6, niacin, and vitamin E.

It is extremely rich in vitamin C

100 g of fresh berries there is 69 percent of the recommended daily dose. A powerful antioxidant that fights and even reverses the effects of free radicals in the skin cells. Additionally vitamin C helps in the regeneration of cells and protects the skin from UV radiation. Substantial amounts of this vitamin strengthens the immune system, protect the body against viruses and bacteria. They help even against the fight with cancer and its prevention.
Black currant is a good source of vitamin K, which preserves bone health. Namely, it activates osteocalcin, which assists in the installation of bone calcium. If you regularly eat it, you can slow down aging, experts say.

The fruits has sweet and sour taste, and can be eaten in fresh form. They are also used for tea, juice, wine, compote, jams. Also, black currant is used as a means to revitalize the elderly people.

Medicinal properties of red currants

Red currant is rich in iron mineral that stimulates red blood cell production. It also contains potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and copper.

In addition to large amounts of citric acid, and malic acid it contains pectin. Because they are high in fiber, red currants regulate the activity of the intestines. They help the removal of toxins from the body and prevent constipation.

In Balkan folk medicine red and black currant are known as fruit that opens appetite. Also, these berries have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health. The level of potassium in cranberries prevents hypertension and lowers blood pressure, and in addition is important for the health of the kidneys.

Widely used are the leaves, which help in the treatment of liver and blood vessels. In addition, the tea from leaves helps in case of high blood pressure and bladder inflammation. In medicinal purposes the the root of red berries is used as a remedy for kidney inflammation.

In folk medicine blackcurrant is known as the fruit that strengthens, cleans and beautifies the body. Whether it is a red or black, it is an excellent source of vitamin C, indispensable item of a strong immune system and good health. Berries contain carbohydrates, proteins and calories. Also, they are an excellent source of fiber.

Black currant as a remedy for many ailments

Purifies the body and helps digestion

Black currant strengthens appetite, purifies the blood and intestines, and improves digestive organs. It helps in the treatment of gastritis, ulcers and constipation (due to the large amount of fiber). It strengthens immunity, immunity because it depends heavily on the health of the intestine.

For kidney health

The fruits and natural juice of black currant are useful for kidney health and prevention of kidney disease. Tea from leaves with essential oils, promotes the work of these bodies.

Black Currant has diuretic properties, ie. to the secretion of urine, and is useful in the case of urinary tract infections. Also, it is considered a natural remedy for rheumatism.

Fights high blood pressure and anemia

Black currant lowers and normalizes blood pressure and helps in case of atherosclerosis and varicose veins. Since it contains an abundance of minerals, currant helps in the treatment of anemia. Advised is consuming as many ripe and fresh fruits in season ripening.

Out of season you should drink natural beverages prepared with this fruit, two to three times a day. If the juice from the berries you hold for a while in the mouth it will help you to strengthen your gums. Also prevent them from bleeding, which can be very uncomfortable.

It helps in case of pneumonia

The currant is a multivitamin bomb with antibacterial properties, it is very useful for strengthening the immune system. It prevents the occurrence of various infections, including pneumonia. It is very important and if the disease has already developed, or is even in advanced stages.

How to make black currant juice at home

If you have a black currant in your home, you can easily make a super delicious juice. This drink is a far better option than any of the purchased, which may contain harmful ingredients.
Preparing juice is not difficult. First, thoroughly wash them over cold running water and then remove sheets and handles. After that, therefore deliver them in a sizable pot, cover with water and cook. Stir regularly and do not turn up the fire. When you notice that they let out their juice, remove from the stove. Subsequently, mash the pulp and the skin tear so the rest of the juice can leak out. All then switch to another container.

How to make currant juice in a blender

Also this tasty and healthy drink is prepared by using a blender in a much simpler way. In 2.5 ml of water, add a few fruits and all together, mix. If you get a too thick juice of black currant, subsequently dilute it with water. Drink it up to 4 times a day.

Who should not drink this drink?

The juice has no side effects. Only nursing mothers and pregnant women should be careful. It is not recommended for young children and the elderly should drink it, but in correct doses. Hemophiliacs, and people taking blood thinning medication should not drink it. Black currant may increase blood flow, so people from this group should avoid it. Doctors also do not recommend it just before the surgeries for the reasons mentioned.

Make a ​​black currant tea

The tea is made very easily
  • Two pinches of thinned sheets of black currant put in half a pint of boiled water. After two or three minutes the beverage is filtered and drunk.

Black currant tea prevents the formation of sand in the bladder.

Awesome wine from berries

Black currant is a very powerful fruit from which, among other things, you can make a real and excellent wine.
  • The desired amount of currant is cut into smaller parts and mixed with water, sugar, wine yeast and raisins. Then it is placed in a glass bottle until it is half full. Is left for 40 days at a warm place for fermentation, and then filtrated and leave in sterile bottles. After the wine mature and kept on well cool place.

Nourishes the skin and hair

Black currant contains a large amount of niacin, essential for the proper functioning of nerves. and pantothenic acid. It is important for cellular respiration and beautiful hair. It is interesting that it is often used in cosmetics industry. Its juice perfectly regenerates and moisturizes dry skin.

The organic oil from the seeds of black currant contains a high percentage of gamma-linoleic acid. It is an activator of cell metabolism that moisturizes and strengthens the protective layer of the skin.

Recipes with currants that you have to try

We have prepared more recipe in which the main star is black currant, be sure to try them.

Salad with currants and gorgonzola

You need:
  • 60 g of walnuts,
  • 300 g of spinach,
  • 1/2 cup of Gorgonzola,
  • 1.5 cups of currant.

For the dressing:
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar,
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar,
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard,
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil,
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy,
  • salt

Preparing the salad:

In a blender place the sugar, vinegar, mustard, garlic, poppy and mix together. Then while stirring constantly slowly add vegetable oil. In the bowl of salad put spinach, nuts, and berries and crushed gorgonzola. Pour a few of tablespoons prepared dressing. The remaining dressing can be refrigerated up to one week. Black currant with other ingredients gives this salad excellent taste. Enjoy!

Balls with currants and goat cheese

  • 220 g of fresh goat cheese,
  • 1 cup of raw peanuts,
  • 100g of currants,
  • chives,
  • salt

Preparing the recipe:

Peanuts fry in a dry frying pan and leave them to cool a bit. In mixing bowl combine cheese and berries, if necessary, season with salt and stir slowly. The prepared mixture shape into balls and place on skewers for kebabs. In the end roll each ball in finely chopped shallot.

Tagliatelle with mussels and currants
  • 300g of tagliatelle,
  • 1 onion,
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 300 g of  mussels,
  • 1.5 dl of white wine
  • red or black currant (250 g)
  • salt
  • pepper,
  • 2 tablespoons of tarragon.

How to prepare it:

Tagliatelle cook in salted water, drain and put aside. Finely chop the onion and fry in a little olive oil. Then add the mussels and white wine, cover and cook over low heat for ten minutes. Finally add the black currant, tarragon, salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes. Combine with tagliatelle.

Chicken with currant sauce - recipe

Black currant has found its place in the next delicious specialty. Here are the ingredients necessary for its preparation:
  • 500g of chicken white meat,
  • 400 g of currants,
  • 200g of green boronic,
  • 2 carrots,
  • pepper,
  • salt
  • optionally sugar,
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • few mint leaves.

Preparing the recipe:

Cut chicken into fillets, add salt and pepper, and grill it. In sauce pan put the butter and let it heat, add the black currant a pinch of salt, a little pepper and sugar. Cook over low heat until the berries let go the juice. Carrots cut into strips and along with green beans cook in salted water. Strain and serve on a plate, put over the meat, pour over sauce and sprinkle with mint leaves.

The recipe for currant mousse

You need:
  • 120 g of sugar,
  • 350g of currants,
  • 2 egg whites,
  • 4 tablespoons of heavy cream,
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar,
  • 1 gelatin.

Preparation mousse:

In a small saucepan heat 50 ml of water and sugar, stirring occasionally until the sugar melts. In a blender grind the berries, then pour the syrup with the sugar and whisk well. Add gelatin prepared according to instructions from the bag and mix well. Whisk egg whites with vanilla sugar and cream. Add the currant sauce later on.

Make delicious smoothie with currant 

  • 1 cup of currants,
  • 2 cups of raspberries,
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt,
  • 1 cup of skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract,
  • mint leaves.

Preparing smoothies

In a blender put the raspberries, currants, milk, honey and vanilla extract and mix until all ingredients are well combined. Finally, add the yogurt and whisk briefly. Pour into glasses and garnish with mint leaves.

Black currant is considered to be one of the most powerful berries. They will do a lot for your health, if you consume them regularly. Be sure to read our earlier article on medicinal chokeberry liquor.