Blackcurrant, Redcurrant and Gooseberry Recipes You Must Make The Summer

Blackcurrant, Redcurrant and Gooseberry Recipes You Must Make The Summer

Blackcurrants, redcurrant and gooseberries are ripe right now. In fact they might be nearly over by now due to the heat this summer. Hopefully you might have picked some either in your garden or at a fruit farm. They might be seen as “old-fashioned’ fruits now, but these are the original British summer fruits that people used to grow on their allotments or in their veg patches. I think they are delicious so I have gathered together a cornucopia of blackcurrant, redcurrant and gooseberry recipes from UK food bloggers to inspire you to get cooking with them this year!

Redcurrant ripe and ready for picking

Having looked into these fruits, I discovered that gooseberries are in the same genus as blackcurrants and redcurrant, Ribes. I wouldn’t have realised this since they are much larger and of course have the sharp spikes on their stems! When I picked gooseberries last at the local fruit picking farm I discovered how sharp those spikes really are. I vowed to take gloves next time and this year I have relied on gooseberries from the supermarket!

Blackcurrants in a punnet

Apparently during the Second World War the government encouraged people to grow blackcurrants at home for vitamin C since oranges were difficult to obtain. Blackcurrant syrup was even give out free of charge for small children, perhaps leading to the popularity of Ribena blackcurrant cordial today. In the USA though there were been restrictions on growing blackcurrants for a hundred years as diseases they can carry that affect pine were seen as a threat to the logging industry. So those fruits are less popular there as they are not as widely available as a result.

Blackcurrant, Redcurrant and Gooseberry Recipes

The tart flavour of these berries makes them a natural partner to sweet desserts which bring their flavour out so well. Below you will find jam, curd, cakes and tarts, ice cream and ice lollies and more to make with your blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries, all from top UK food bloggers so you know the recipes will be in metric measurements! There’s a section for each fruit. Click on the links beneath the photos to get the recipes. Which will you try first?

Blackcurrant Recipes

Easy Blackcurrant Curd

Blackcurrant Curd

Blackcurrant Oaty Flapjacks from Foodie Quine

Blackcurrant Oaty Flapjacks from Foodie Quine

Blackcurrant Focaccia

Blackcurrant Focaccia

Raspberry and Blackcurrant Jam from Fab Food 4 All

Raspberry and Blackcurrant Jam from Fab Food 4 All

Blackcurrant and blueberry smoothie

Blackcurrant and Blueberry Smoothie

Chocolate Blackcurrant Buckle from Tin and Thyme

Chocolate Blackcurrant Buckle from Tin and Thyme

Blackcurrant Jam from Farmersgirl Kitchen

Blackcurrant Frozen Yoghurt from Searching for Spice

Blackcurrant Frozen Yoghurt from Searching for Spice

 

Redcurrant Recipes

Damson and Redcurrant Jam

Redcurrant Ripple Ice Cream from Tin and Thyme

Redcurrant Ripple and White Chocolate Ice Cream from Tin and Thyme

Summer Pudding Ice Lollies from Farmersgirl Kitchen

Summer Pudding Ice Lollies from Farmersgirl Kitchen (these use both blackcurrants and redcurrants)

Redcurrant Yoghurt Loaf Cake

Redcurrant Yoghurt Loaf Cake

Easy Redcurrant & Port Jelly from Kavey Eats

Raspberry and Redcurrant Jam from Recipes Made Easy

Raspberry and Redcurrant Jam from Recipes Made Easy

Gooseberry Recipes

Gooseberry Galette from Tin and Thyme

Gooseberry Galette from Tin and Thyme

Gooseberry Tart

Gooseberry Frangipane Tart

Gooseberry Jam

Gooseberry and Apple Jam from Fab Food 4 All

Gooseberry and Apple Jam from Fab Food 4 All

Pink Gooseberry Baked Oats

Pink Gooseberry Baked Oats

Gooseberry and Gin Jam from Foodie Quine

Gooseberry & Gin Jam from Foodie Quine

Gooseberry Ice Cream from Searching for Spice

Gooseberry Ice Cream from Searching for Spice

 

I hope these recipes have given you plenty of inspiration and I hope you will cook with either blackcurrants, redcurrants or gooseberries now you have loads of ideas and recipes to use them in. Let me know in the comments which recipe you are planning to try first!

If you are on Pinterest, pin this collection of blackcurrant, redcurrant and gooseberry recipes for next year too!

Blackcurrant, Redcurrant and Gooseberry Recipes You Must Make This Summer

 



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What a great selection for the seasonal bounty!

Loving all these fruity creations, thank you for sharing mine

These all look delicious and it’s lovely to see a collection of recipes for berries that often get overlooked. We’ll definitely be doing some berry picking after we get back from our holidays and there’ is some great inspiration here. Thanks for including a couple of my recipes too.

I do love summer berries and you’ve got a fabulous lot of recipes here. When we get the garden sorted out I’m going to have a fruit patch and it will be for blackcurrants, redcurrant and gooseberries cos you just can’t buy them very easily. Thanks for including my recipes too 😀