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ISO: Fresh Red Currants

ComeUndone Mar 9, 2012 07:41 AM

I'm looking for a pint or two of fresh red currants for a preserve recipe. Despite all the berries I notice in stores, I can't seem to find currants anywhere. Has anyone seen any at stores/farmers market/farm stand recently? Ideally in FLL. Your help will be much appreciated.

  1. Frodnesor Mar 9, 2012 09:08 AM

    I am fairly certain that (1) currants are not grown (commercially) anywhere in South Florida; and (2) the places where they are grown, they're a summer crop.

    Found this chart showing production areas and seasons: http://www.naturipefarms.com/Data/Doc...

    Maybe consider a different recipe. Strawberries are grown locally, in season right now, and delicious.

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    1. re: Frodnesor
      ComeUndone Mar 10, 2012 07:00 PM

      Thanks for helping out this Canadian girl! We usually get strawberries and red currants around the same time in Ontario. Very helpful to know that they're not grown commercially in South Florida!

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      smartie Mar 10, 2012 12:39 PM

      they are a summer crop and despite living in So Fl for 7 years I've never seen them or blackcurrants here. I almost fall over if I see rhubarb! And I've never seen green gooseberries either here.

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      1. re: smartie
        ComeUndone Mar 10, 2012 07:01 PM

        Thanks for the info! The difference in growing season and types of produce available here are both very interesting to compare.

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