[Sca-cooks] Chawettys

Nick Sasso grizly at mindspring.com
Fri Sep 19 06:33:56 PDT 2008

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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> > >
> > >

You give a great run down of the botanical names!  Thanks for that.  Simple
conclusion is that Zante Currants/Raisins of Coraunce are raisins . . . and
not at all currants in any manner.  They may be distant cousins, but not
direct relatives.

niccolo difrancesco

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