One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small round edible black berry that grows in loose hanging clusters.
- ‘Others, such as cooking apples, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries, have more pectin and set without any help.’
- ‘There were stalls piled with pyramids of different coloured berries - deep purple blackcurrants, scarlet strawberries, pink lingonberries and bright orange slushy cloudberries.’
- ‘In a few weeks the soft fruit which includes raspberries, redcurrants, gooseberries and blackcurrants will be available and the strawberries are already ripening and are ready to enjoy.’
- ‘We've had our first few raspberries today, and the blackcurrants are nearly ready to pick, at least a first pass for the early ripeners.’
- ‘My mum used to make the world's best ever blackcurrant pie - she made home grown blackcurrants into a pie that I could polish off on my own over several evenings.’
2The widely cultivated shrub that bears blackcurrants.
Ribes nigrum, family Grossulariaceae
- ‘The soft fruit bed looks fantastic this year, with raspberries and strawberries both covered in flowers, the blackcurrants heavy with fruit and the gooseberries almost sawfly free.’
- ‘The original blackcurrants grew in N. Europe and in Asia as far east as the Himalayas.’
- ‘The blackcurrant, R. nigrum, was first cultivated a century later than the red, and for a long time was considered to be distinctly inferior.’
- ‘Things that need a good period of chilling in the winter to form flower buds - things like blackcurrants, raspberries and apples - could see poor cropping as the winters warm up.’
- ‘They had gooseberries, blackcurrants, white currants and blackberries together with a really good stand of raspberry canes.’
- ‘In the fruit garden, blackcurrants that weren't pruned in the summer can be cut back by a third.’
- ‘Elderberries and blackcurrants grew in the hedgerows.’
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