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currant,northern shrub of the family Saxifragaceae (saxifragesaxifrage
, common name for several members of the Saxifragaceae, a family of widely varying herbs, shrubs, and small trees of cosmopolitan distribution. They are found especially in north temperate zones and include many arctic and alpine species.
..... Click the link for more information. family), of the same genus (Ribes) as the gooseberry bush. The tart berries of the currant may be black, white, or red; the white gooseberry becomes purple when mature. Both, especially the larger European species, are eaten fresh and also used in preserves, sauces, and pies. Because the plants act as a host to blister rustrust,
in botany, name for various parasitic fungi of the order Uredinales and for the diseases of plants that they cause. Rusts form reddish patches of spores on the host plant. About 7,000 species are known.
..... Click the link for more information. , their cultivation in America is discouraged, and in regions of infection the wild species are eradicated. Native Americans used dried currants in making pemmicanpemmican
, a travel food of the Native North American. Slices of lean venison or buffalo meat were sun dried, pounded to a paste, and packed with melted fat in rawhide bags. Dried currants or wild berries were sometimes included in the paste.
..... Click the link for more information. , but the "dried currant" of commerce is a small raisin. Indian currant is a name for a West Coast species and for the coralberry of the honeysuckle family. Native species of gooseberry are sometimes cultivated in gardens. Currant is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Saxifragaceae.
A shrub that grows two to four feet off the ground and has leaves similar to a maple leaf, with toothed edges. It produces black currant berries that grow in clusters of four to six. Related to gooseberries. High in antioxidants, vitamin C, electrolytes, used to treat kidney disorders, menstrual and menopause problems. Contains gammalinolenic acid (GLA), proven to help PMS. Anthocynins scavenge free radicals to help anti-aging. Used for diabetes, heart, cancer, blood cleansing, digestive aid. Tea used for rheumatism.
A shrubby, deciduous plant of the genus Ribes in the order Rosales; the edible fruit, a berry, is borne in clusters on the plant.
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1. any of several mainly N temperate shrubs of the genus Ribes, esp R. rubrum (redcurrant) and R. nigrum (blackcurrant): family Grossulariaceae
2. the small acid fruit of any of these plants