These shiny little berries grow low on bushes, hanging from the branches like rows of miniature gems. Their flavor is a little tart but they're still sweet enough to be eaten raw, so long as they're sprinkled with sugar. They have a high vitamin C content, and go well with both other berries and fruits, such as raspberries and strawberries.
The plant is native to parts of Western Europe (Belgium, France, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, northern Italy, northern Spain, Portugal, and Poland). The tart flavor of the redcurrant fruit is slightly greater than the blackcurrant. Redcurrants are usually cultivated for jams and cooked preparations, but can be used for salads, garnishes, or drinks.
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