The benefits of black currants: a panacea for health
The blackcurrant clusters are beautiful and have an unmistakable taste with that hint of acidity that goes beautifully with apples, chocolate and makes them ideal for the preparation of jams, cakes and fruit juices.
If the fruits are delicious, the rest of the Ribes Nigrum plant also has incredible properties, so much so that natural medicine and phytotherapy use its berries, leaves and seeds for its beneficial effects on health.
Properties of fresh black currant
The small blackcurrant berries ripen in early summer and are particularly rich in citric acid and Vitamin C in a form that is even more stable and usable by the body than those contained in citrus fruits.
The fruits of the currant, therefore, have an enormous antioxidant power, help the absorption of iron and are precious for strengthening capillaries, preventing infections, and reducing sensitivity to environmental allergens.
In addition, thanks to the high content of polyphenols and flavonoids, they protect the skin from the action of ultraviolet rays and help keep the cholesterol level under control.
Ribes nigrum in drops and preparations: benefits and contraindications
Leaves, buds, oil extracted from the seeds: each part of the black currant plant has specific beneficial properties and can be taken in the form of drops, infusions or syrups.
Very useful for fighting cystitis and respiratory tract infections, Ribes Nigrum is even called ‘natural cortisone’ for its great anti-inflammatory power.
If there are no contraindications for the consumption of fresh fruits, for black currant-based preparations, however, it is important not to extend the intake beyond three months.
In the long run, in fact, Ribes Nigrum could promote fluid retention and, like licorice, it should be consumed carefully by those suffering from hypertension.
Rivareno dessert recipes: more beautiful with black currant
We at RivaReno are faithful to the idea that the quality of the ingredients and the experience in processing are the pillars on which to base the goodness of all our creations.
We know, however, that we also eat with our eyes and we are particularly attentive to the decoration of our cakes, parfaits and single portion glasses.
One of our main allies in creating beautiful goodness outside is black currant: the intense color, the delicious cluster shape and that woody flavor that enhances the sweetness of the ice cream have really won us over!