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Black Currant Juice - Calgary/Edmonton

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Hey

Anyone know where one can get Black Currant juice in Alberta? Craving to make some Hot Balzams, but it needs BCJ.

Thanks

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  1. Kayben Farms makes a great black currant juice and they're based in Okotoks. I'm sure you can find some at a retailer near you. www.kayben.com/prairiefruit.html should give you some more info. By the way, what are Hot Balzams....?

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    1. re: EdiblePrairieJennifer

      +1 for Kayben. I love their jams and jellies, I am sure they must sell juice I know we have bought it there in the past.

      1. re: EdiblePrairieJennifer

        Thank you for the fine detail - this should make it much easier to find. Whenever i asked for Black Currant juice, i got quite the vacant look.

        As for Hot Balzams...ahhh :) It's a drink made from Riga Black Balsams, an herbal liqueur from Latvia. Hot Balzams is a variation i had in Riga over Xmas - they mixed Black Balzams with Black Currant juice and fresh fruit, served it hot. It cured the cold i'd had for 3 weeks within the day. Probably a placebo, but it's really tasty too, so it can't hurt :)

      2. Edmonton - we used to serve it at a restaurant I worked at but not sure where we got it. Would call the euro grocery stores - K&K, the Italian centre, the big Polish grocery store downtown.

        1. would Ribena, the blackcurrant syrup work for this thing?

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          1. re: alex8alot

            if i diluted it, it might. But when i asked the bartender, he said it wasnt syrup, but juice that was required. If Kayben doesnt work out, maybe i'll try it. But hopefully as a last resort only! :)

            1. re: yen

              what about at planet organic? i have found lots of pure juices there. not specifically black current though.

              1. re: cleopatra999

                Isnt Planet Organic closed now? I know Sam Wok is closed, and they are going to close PO, but wasnt sure if it has happened yet.

                1. re: yen

                  hmmm....not in edmonton, not sure about calgary.

                  1. re: cleopatra999

                    I was referring to Edmonton (thus the Sam Wok reference). Anyway, my understanding is they are going to be closing. Just FYI.

                    1. re: yen

                      what is Sam Wok? are both locations supposed to close? that would suck with organic roots just having closed too! there will be no organic store anymore.

                      1. re: cleopatra999

                        Sam Wok was the Hong Kong style diner that shared the same complex (former Strathcona Chinatown Mall) as Planet Organic on the south side. I was told that it's only the south location that is closing - something about that building being demo'd and something new being built there. This is all second hand info, so you may want to verify yourself.

                        1. re: yen

                          are you referring to the one by Doan's & save on foods at 7917 104th Street? i am surprised that they are demoing that building it seems very new to me. glad to hear the downtown location will stay open.

                  2. re: yen

                    I should know by now to read the whole thread thru... not the Planet Organic in Calgary NW... *whew* :)

                2. re: yen

                  It's also available in a ready to drink format, I always see the 2l bottle catching my eye... I just dont remember where :( maybe it was the safeway specialty drink isle....

                  Also T&T asian supermarket always has some UK product and a massive drink isle, might be a place to check?

              2. I know that Planet Organic and Real Canadian SS both sell juice by R.W Knudsen and they sell one called Just Black Current. I will be at superstore this afternoon and let you know if I see it there.

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                1. re: kritafo

                  here is the bottle....you will probably recognize it, we buy the just cherry juice all the time.

                   
                  1. re: kritafo

                    Sweet. Thank you! Im surprised i havent seen it earlier..

                    1. re: yen

                      When I was at County Hills superstore they didn't have any...I know I have seen it, if I pop into Planet Organic in the NW I will let you know if I see it there.

                2. They have Black Currant juice at Costco NW, I was just there tonight. it's down the juice aisle, it's approx 1 litre and was about 6.50

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                  1. re: kritafo

                    I appreciate the intel kritafo. Thank you.

                    1. re: yen

                      I found it again today at Superstore. It was down the pop aisle. Before the pop and by the Orangina, this was the NW country hills blvd/sarcess location