Berry Buzz: Black Currants

by Wendy McMillan

All the rage in the UK and New Zealand, a new superfruit is coming to America. Small, glossy black currants pack potassium, copper, calcium, iron, vitamins E and B6, and soluble fiber, along with three times the vitamin C of oranges. These shrub berries even contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a depression-fighting omega-6 essential fatty acid.  

Snack: The Currant Company Fresh-Frozen Black Currants ($15, 5 lb; currantc.com)

Sip: Stash Wild Blackcurrant Herbal Tea ($4, 2 oz; stashtea.com)

Stir in: Monin Blackcurrant Gourmet Syrup ($8, 25 oz; us.monin.com). Add to your morning tea, coffee, steamed milk, or smoothies.

Smother: To make a sauce, combine 1 cup black currants with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar, and 1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring and mashing berries slightly until sauce is thickened. Pour over angel food cake slices, yogurt, or ice cream.