Help for using those Blackcurrants (Durham and Pick-Up)

Jun 29, 2012 | Uncategorized

Hello Durham and Pick-up people,

Remember to take out any stems before eating!

This week you (Durham and Pick-Ups only) received some dark little berries called blackcurrants. Through taste-testing in the field, we discovered that they are rather tart and could be tastier if sweetened. So here are some ideas to get those vitamin C infused, ant-oxidant rich berries into your family. This will probably be the only week you will be receiving currants, as I think they are officially the slowest thing on the farm to harvest. There were people picking them all day yesterday and into today, just to get a little for everyone.

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast smoothie, especially for hectic mornings? Make this the night before and wake up to a nutritionally solid start to your day. From

Blackcurrant Breakfast in a Glass


  • 2 bananas, rough cut
  • 1 punnet of blackcurrants (200g), stripped from their stems
  • 115g porridge oats
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey
  • 240ml 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 300ml skimmed milk
  • 12 ice cubes


Process all the ingredients in your blender and serve in four glasses.


Maybe you need a pick- me-up in the afternoon. Here’s a tropical energy smoothie recipe from the Blackcurrant Foundation. And yes, there is a Blackcurrant foundation ( Who knew? They also have a lovely dinner idea for pork-eaters. If none of these ideas appeals, why not add the blackcurrants to your favorite muffin recipe?

Fruitful Burst of Energy Smoothie

  • 50g fresh or thawed blackcurrants
  • 110ml pineapple juice
  • 1/3 of a banana
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons coconut milk


Press the blackcurrants through a sieve using a spoon, discarding the pulp that’s left behind. Add the blackcurrant juice you have made to the other ingredients and whizz them all together.

Now you can say you have cooked/prepared blackcurrants. Yet another notch on your local eating belt!