One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small round edible black berry that grows in loose hanging clusters.
- ‘There were stalls piled with pyramids of different coloured berries - deep purple blackcurrants, scarlet strawberries, pink lingonberries and bright orange slushy cloudberries.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Others, such as cooking apples, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries, have more pectin and set without any help.’
- ‘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.’
2The shrub that produces black currants.
Genus Ribes, family Grossulariaceae: several species, in particular the widely cultivated Ribes nigrum
- ‘The blackcurrant, R. nigrum, was first cultivated a century later than the red, and for a long time was considered to be distinctly inferior.’
- ‘The original blackcurrants grew in N. Europe and in Asia as far east as the Himalayas.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They had gooseberries, blackcurrants, white currants and blackberries together with a really good stand of raspberry canes.’
- ‘Elderberries and blackcurrants grew in the hedgerows.’
- ‘In the fruit garden, blackcurrants that weren't pruned in the summer can be cut back by a third.’
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