The blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a species of the genus Ribes which also includes the other currants and the gooseberry. It is a fruit that seems to love England and Herefordshire alone produces 30% of the UK’s blackcurrants. It is another soft fruit that is still a star of the kitchen and cottage gardens and allotments today as it was in times past.
Our blackcurrants are lovingly picked when they are bursting with flavour and turned into a delicious tart, rich preserve which captures the essence of summer in the jar. Scrumptious on toast and scones, spooned over yoghurt or porridge for breakfast and makes ‘to die for’ jam tarts.