black currant


: a European perennial currant (Ribes nigrum) bearing aromatic edible black berries that are used especially in flavoring liqueur (such as cassis)
also : the fruit

Examples of black currant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slightly chewy tannins pave the way for flavors of ripe red raspberry, black currant, and dried rose hips. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 20 June 2024 Jordan Kahn’s Destroyer is making a Murasaki yam custard pie, glazed with a thin layer of black currant. Bryan A’hearn, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2024 Both cat urine and black currant bushes contain varying concentrations of this ketone. Popular Science Team, Popular Science, 5 June 2024 Bright, medium-deep purple; aromas of black currant, violets, black plum and a hint of cranberry. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 The nonalcoholic El Diablo is made with panax ginseng, which is used in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, plus NA tequila, fresh lime juice, black currant syrup, ginger beer, disco inferno and bolivar bitters ($9). Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2024 The modernized version is a fruity chypre with raspberries, black currant, rose and patchouli. Caitie Kelly Kin Woo Kate Guadagnino Nicole Demarco Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 This Earl Grey–scented candle helps neutralize strong cooking smells, and notes of bergamot, black currant, and vanilla set a romantic mood without veering into cloyingly sweet territory. Anne Loreto Cruz, Bon Appétit, 1 Feb. 2024 Apple butter can also contain up to 12% mold, which is better than cherry jam, which can be 30% moldy, or black currant jam, which can be 75% moldy. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black currant was in 1629

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“Black currant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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