Plants and Health

Blackcurrant: benefits and virtues


The Cassis, of his nameribes nigrum, is a bushy fruit shrub from 1 m to 1.50 m high and whose fruit offers many benefits and virtues for health.

Native to Europe and Asia it belongs to the Rosaceae family. Blackcurrant has been cultivated since the end of the 16th century for its culinary attractions, both in jam, desserts and pastry.

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Blackcurrant and its health benefits

Blackcurrant has long been recognized for its many health benefits and virtues.

If the blackcurrant berry weighs only a few grams, it is very rich in vitamin C.

  • The blackcurrant leaves have virtues diuretics and antirheumatic. They cause the elimination of uric acid and purines and are therefore recommended in the general treatment of arthritis and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
  • It also seems that blackcurrant leaves activate the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands and thereby stimulate the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. They would therefore contribute to decrease the effects of stress.
  • You suffer canker sores or from sore throat? In gargle, blackcurrant works miracles.
  • The blackcurrant juice exercise a general tonic effect during the infectious process and strengthens resistance to infections.

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> Internal use:

Juice, syrup, blackcurrant jelly: they are prepared with the berries. Remedies of course, but delicious sweets too. Consume as soon as you are looking for therapeutic virtues blackcurrant.

Wine of Cassis : macerate for 3 days 500 g of berries in 1 l of red wine. Pass through a sieve, add a sugar syrup. Consume a glass before each meal. Against the lymphatism, the nutrition diseases and the age disorders.

Cassis : in a bottle, dry the fruits, alternating a layer of fruit and a layer of powdered sugar. Butcher, let macerate for several months, adding from time to time. Then filter, you get a liqueur with a delicious scent!

Blackcurrant infusion: 50 g of blackcurrant leaves per liter of boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes and consume 3 cups a day between meals. Against rheumatism. To be effective, the cure must last at least 6 months.

> External use:

Against the Insect bites like wasps and hornets, crumple blackcurrant leaves and express the juice on the painful spot. The pain stops very quickly and the swelling subsides.

Growing blackcurrant for its benefits

Blackcurrant seeks exposure sunny or slightly shaded. It needs a soil rich in humus, fresh But not soggy. More than anything, blackcurrant dreads sandy lands.

Tip:

If the season turns out to be rainy, it is important to treat systematically against powdery mildew (parasitic microscopic fungus).

Blackcurrant in a pot?

In a pot, blackcurrant does well in a containing more than 30 cm per side.

Beware of little animals!

Blackcurrant has a lot to do with aphids, powdery mildew and the blackcurrant mite (mite which causes swelling of the buds). Also watch out for bacterial spots on the leaves.

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Blackcurrant in cooking for its benefits

We make succulent jams with blackcurrant but also coulis, syrups and liqueurs. It has antioxidant properties.

Nutritional contributions:

73 kcal / 100 g. Blackcurrant leaves have flavonoids (important source of antioxidants), tannins as well as a aromatic essence.

Its fruits contain sugars, of the pectin (ideal for jams), anthocyanosides (natural pigments of leaves, petals and fruits) and lots of vitamin C

- approximately 200 mg per 100 g. Vitamin C in black currant is very stable and stores surprisingly well (unlike vitamin C in citrus and other plants).

- Finally, blackcurrant is rich in vitamins B9 and beta-carotene and it provides potassium and manganese.

Gourmet ideas:

Blackcurrant cream, blackcurrant cake, blackcurrant jam, blackcurrant syrup or macaroons ... Blackcurrant is king of sweet recipes. But don't hesitate to mix it with salt, as an accompaniment to duck breasts for example, you will be surprised by the flavors it gives off.

Blandine Merlin

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