Nutritionally, redcurrants are high in Vitamin C. They also contain fibre, Vitamin B, iron, potassium and phosphorus, and are good for the immune system. The antiseptic properties of redcurrant jelly make it an effective treatment for minor burns – after cooling the affected area with cold water.
Choose red currants which have an even, rich colour and plump form. Remove the fruit from the plant by snapping the stalk at the top of the stem, rather than picking individual berries.
Latest research has discovered that the blackcurrant outshines the rest when it comes to health boosting benefits. They have a very high content in antioxidants and vitamins. In particular, they’re very rich in Vitamin C (and for this reason they were farmed on a massive scale in the UK during World War II). Blackcurrants also contain several rare nutrients, like GLA ( Gamma Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and MAOI (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors), and are therefore be used in therapies against depression.