Black Currants
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Mr. V's black currents are marble size and chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Black currants have an extremely sweet and sharp taste that is adored by Europeans in general and the British in particular. During World War II most of the citrus fruits rich in vitamin such as oranges, lemons and limes were largely unavailable in the United Kingdom due to the German shipping blockade. In order to prevent an outbreak of scurvy in it inhabitants, the British Government encouraged the cultivation and production of the vitamin C rich black currants. From 1942 till after the end of the war, almost the entire black currant crop was made into syrup (cordial) and distributed free to the English citizens resulting in the enormous popularity of black currant flavouring across the pond.

Black currants in North America on the other hand have been almost non-existent since the First World War. Despite their widespread acceptance throughout most of the nineteen century, their availability plunged when the United States enacted a black currant farming ban after it was found that black currant shrub help to spread the White Pine Blister Rust.

The antioxidants that are contained in copious quantities in the black currant fruit are said to have cancer and aging fighting properties. Researchers have found a high correlation between oxidative damage and the occurrence of disease. In theory, the antioxidants reduce the oxidative damage to cells and biomolecules and therefore help prevent disease.

Price last updated on Sep 08, 2017 Listing of Market_Garden

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