[Sca-cooks] Chawettys

euriol euriol at ptd.net
Fri Sep 19 06:20:43 PDT 2008

Perhaps this will help.

The Zante currant (Vitis vinifera) or currant is a variety of small, sweet,
seedless grape named after Corinth (currant) and the Ionian island of
Zakynthos (Zante) and not to be confused with the Ribes berries "currants"
(eg blackcurrant, redcurrant, white currant) which are in a different
family altogether. Red currant is Ribes rubrum, Blackcurrant is Ribes
nigrum. The white currant is also a cultivar of Ribes rubrum (Red currant),
being merely a less sour and colourless variant of the red currant, and not
a separate species, though sometimes being named Ribes sativum or Ribes
silvestre, and sold as a different fruit.

The caution I was giving is that some suppliers today call the Zante
currant a black currant. If you want to know why... I'll show you the 7
pounds of Zante currants that I now have in my possession thinking I was
getting "black currants". 


On Thu, 18 Sep 2008 23:31:45 -0500,  wrote:
> <<< This may confuse the matter when one says black currants as there  
> are black current that are not Zantes but when it says Raisens of  
> Corinth, it is zante raisens
> -----Original Message-----
> 2) Raisins of Corinth, also called Black Currants or Zante Currants.
> Euriol >>>
> This definitely has me confused again.  When we discussed this in the  
> past few months I thought I had this figured out, and have edited  
> this new Florilegium file (not uploaded to the website yet).
> currants-msg      (22K)  9/ 3/08    Medieval currants. Red or black  
> currants,
>                                         not "raisins of Corinth".
> So "raisins of Corinth" are Zante raisins, but they are *not* black  
> currants, right?
> Stefan
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