When and where did currants originate?

Currants were probably “discovered” by an ancient man the first time he found them dried on the vine. The Phoenicians planted vineyards around Malaga and Valencia (Spain) and in Corinth (Greece), between 120 and 900 B.C. Around the same time, the Armenians were starting their vineyards in Persia.

How and when are the grapes dried?

In late August, grapes are hand picked, laid on rows of poly paper trays in the vineyard, and allowed to dry naturally in the sun. After two to three weeks, a fresh grape becomes a sun-dried currant.

How many grapes does it take to make a pound of currants?

Four pounds of fresh Grapes yield one pound of currants.

Are currants good for you?

Yes! Not only are currants a good source of fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and certain B vitamins, but they are also fat free and cholesterol free. Currants are also a very rich source of antioxidants. They contain only Natural sugar for Natural Energy. No preservatives are used to keep them fresh.

What is the best way to store currants?

Cool storage is the best way to keep currants. After the package has been opened they should be put in a sealed container and refrigerated. Currants will retain their flavor, color, and nutritive value if stored in the refrigerator. They can be kept even longer if frozen. Currants will thaw quickly at room temperature.