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Currant events

09
May
2014
 

By Miranda

When is a currant not a currant? According to the dictionaries the word CURRANT has two meanings, each, alas, pointing to very different fruits.

The first meaning of CURRANT in my dictionaries is that the currant is a dried grape.  Dried grapes come in several varieties (and let's not get started on what actual grape variety each of these come from). There's the RAISIN, the SULTANA, the CURRANT, in the main. There's also muscatels etc. but let's stick to the ones referred to in my recipes for Easter and Christmas goodies, since that's when I visit the supermarket to stock up for baking.

My best Christmas cake recipe needs raisins, sultanas and currants (as well as lots of other yummy dried fruit including peaches, apricots, cherries and pears). Basically, they're all dried grapes. RAISINS are large and may (or may not) have seeds. They're darker and come from red-skinned grape varieties. SULTANAS are smaller than RAISINS and are seedless. They come from lighter-skinned grapes and dry to a lovely golden shade.

Which brings us to CURRANTS. They're also dried grapes but from smaller fruit, so the CURRANTS I use when I'm making Hot Cross Buns at Easter are tiny, nearly black-looking and are highly-concentrated in taste.

BUT dried grapes are not CURRANTS according to the second definition of the word. These CURRANTS are the blackcurrants, redcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries (sometimes). So the fruit of the Ribes genus of plants are currants (except when they're called berries). But the currant bun contains dried grapes.

Confused? Some of our puzzlers are when confronted with the clue 'Dried grape' for a solution in the crossword grid that could be RAISIN, SULTANA or CURRANT.

What's a currant to you?

1655 Responses to

Currant events

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fir said:
May 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Agreed...we have a new topic to disrupt... LOL

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penguin58 said:
May 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM

We finally have a new topic and noonee has beat us to it:)))LOL

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said:
May 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Why? It is not really appropriate for me I feel. I wish you ladies would appreciate the serious side of my nature more. :))

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fir said:
May 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Ok pedro, you can show us your serious side on the new blog. :))

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mommyscat said:
May 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I saw the movie IT when it came out on TV years ago and it scared the (puts fingers to lips to make the sound of silence followed by the movie name) out of me, when I read the book it wasn't as scary. Glad to hear STJ is slowly improving, better than the alternative. Am cheering today as studmuffin starts his new job, only 10 mins away permanent part time.