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ISO : Red Currants

uberathlete Jun 12, 2011 08:29 PM

Hi everyone. Just wondering if anyone knows places in the GTA that sells fresh red currants. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  1. jayt90 Jun 13, 2011 01:15 PM

    I just noticed that MacMillan's has currants, frozen, in Acton or Ajax


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    1. re: jayt90
      uberathlete Jun 13, 2011 03:35 PM

      Hmm ... frozen currants. When defrosted how is the texture?

      1. re: uberathlete
        jayt90 Jun 13, 2011 03:40 PM

        I have no idea. In my house fresh red currants go into jam or sauces, but frozen would work.

        I'm lucky to have three indestructible bushes, and the berries last for almost a month unpicked. They are not sweet, and work well in savories.

        What do you need these for?

        1. re: jayt90
          uberathlete Jun 13, 2011 04:23 PM

          I'm doing a simple champagne jelly with red currants.

          1. re: uberathlete
            jayt90 Jun 13, 2011 06:07 PM

            You could do a trial run with the frozen product, then wait for the real thing in July.

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      nastyman Jun 13, 2011 01:08 PM

      I've found them at Highland Farms (Dufferin/Steeles) for at least the last 5yrs during the local season. Also White Currants, and the bigger Black Currants.

      Highland Farms
      850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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      1. re: nastyman
        Kagemusha Jun 13, 2011 01:28 PM

        Lucky you. The Mississauga outpost never seems to have 'em. They're pretty common around the westend of the GTA in the farmers' markets.

      2. Kagemusha Jun 13, 2011 08:38 AM

        This year, probably mid to late July. They rarely surface in supermarkets, so start scoping out farmers' markets towards the end of this month for possible suppliers.

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          TexSquared Jun 13, 2011 07:23 AM

          I have seen them at Whittamore's Farm in the past (pick your own) but they don't seem to be listed in this year's harvesting schedule:


          I'd say contact the farm to see if they still grow them.

          1. jayt90 Jun 13, 2011 05:32 AM

            The Ontario crop won't be ready until July.

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            1. re: jayt90
              uberathlete Jun 13, 2011 07:09 AM

              Really? Aaww darn it.

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