One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small, sweet red berry, chiefly used to make a jelly eaten as an accompaniment to cold meats.
- ‘I went for the roast chicken breast stuffed with Brie and sun-blushed tomatoes and served with a sauce of port and redcurrant.’
- ‘Last week, they all boasted beautiful crops of various berries - blueberries, raspberries and redcurrants (red or white, the white being, surprisingly, sweeter and milder in taste).’
- ‘Blackcurrants, redcurrants and tayberries are due in a couple of weeks.’
- ‘And as Georgia, clutching a plastic punnet, tugs on her mother's sleeve and begs her to accompany her to the redcurrants, it's clear that the most enthusiastic fruit-pickers live on-site.’
- ‘The one I'll be making this weekend will contain redcurrants, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (I'm going blackberrying when I've finished this!) and peach.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With a seriously stuffed belly, we were tempted by a warm chocolate brownie garnished with redcurrants and ice cream, and a crepe filled with mangoes and strawberries.’
- ‘Before the main course was served, a refreshing fruity sorbet made from redcurrants and raspberries cleared the palates.’
- ‘The venison had strength of flavour, matched with a deeply glazed sauce of bacon, red wine, port, redcurrant and wild mushrooms.’
- ‘In the past it's always been those nasty orange balls of salmon roe, like unripe redcurrants that pop with an unclean fishy aftertaste in your mouth.’
- ‘Others, such as cooking apples, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries, have more pectin and set without any help.’
- ‘Get some robust, artisan bread, like a sourdough, then go wild on the fruit: blackberries, blueberries, redcurrants, raspberries, wild strawberries - again, it doesn't matter what.’
- ‘The coconut oak nose is enticing and carries through to the palate where it mixes with cherry, redcurrants and zinging tannins.’
- ‘My friend who was staying last night likes to add mint and lemon juice; I sometimes add redcurrants for a stronger colour.’
- ‘The tiny garnish of redcurrants is more to the point.’
- ‘Mix the redcurrants and blueberries into the strawberries.’
- ‘It is medium bodied with slightly sweet, red fruit flavours of rhubarb, strawberry and redcurrant.’
- ‘The ornamental fruit garden has every known fruit, from apricots to redcurrants.’
- ‘For dessert I chose hot berries - a wonderful combination of blackberries, strawberries and redcurrants mixed in a Cointreau sauce and poured into a tall glass, topped with a blob of vanilla ice-cream.’
- ‘I am quite content to eat them out of hand, or paired with redcurrants in my mother's fruit salads.’
2The shrub which produces the redcurrant, related to the blackcurrant.
Ribes rubrum, family Grossulariaceae
- ‘Now is a good time for pruning soft fruit bushes, such as whitecurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, blackcurrants and briar fruits.’
- ‘Of the soft fruits, gooseberries and redcurrants can be left as a bush or grown as a standard.’
- ‘The gooseberry sawfly also targets white and redcurrants, so it's worth keeping a close eye on them too.’
- ‘The gooseberries are usually placed in genus Ribes, along with their near cousins, the blackcurrants and redcurrants.’
- ‘Prune gooseberries and redcurrants if you haven't already done so.’
- ‘In season, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and brambles run riot across Scotland.’
- ‘For the small garden, consider ordering redcurrants or autumn raspberry ‘Autumn Bliss’ to grow in tubs.’
- ‘Since the early 1970s, George McLaren has been growing several varieties of strawberries and raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries.’
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