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We know the Hudson Valley boasts a bounty of gourmet goodness, from the Culinary Institute of America to the sought-after farmers markets and new restaurants popping up in once vacant sites. But there’s a rebel fruit out there that may change the way not only us in the Hudson Valley looks at food, but America as a whole.
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July 22, 2011
In Brooklyn, it’s illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs. It’s also against the law in New York to walk around with an ice cream cone in your pocket on Sunday or to wear slippers after 10 P.M. While these are some of the sillier examples of arcane laws leftover from bygone days, up until 2003, it was also illegal to cultivate black currants in New York state.
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“What I’m trying to do is create a crop that farmers can actually make some money on,” Mr. Quinn said as he strode along his rows of black currant bushes.
He has helped other farms start black currant crops. And he imports black currants for his nationally distributed juice, CurrantC — a way to “prime the pump,” he said, by introducing Americans to the charms of black currants.
"Greg Quinn's black currant juice hit the market this spring...In the six weeks since his CurrantC
has been bottled, he's reaped the rewards of that exposure."
"Get Greg Quinn started on the little berries called currants and you'll soon find yourself a
connoisseur of currant affairs. "Currants are fantastic!" insists Quinn, president and founder of
The Currant Company, which he says is the first and only company in the United States to produce
currant products domestically and make them available nationally."
"They have twice the antioxidants of blueberries, four times the vitamin C of oranges and twice the
potassium of bananas, and are filled with nutraceuticals such as calcium, magnesium, and
riboflavin...they help lower blood pressure and are influential in the treatment of eye and skin
disorders. Most importantly, they have recently been found to help prevent Alzheimer's disease."
"A forbidden fruit, exiled from the farmlands of New York nearly a century ago, is making a comeback that could provide a $20 million boost to state agribusiness...The dark-colored berry is chock-full of health benefits...And three varieties now are resistant to the white pine disease that once caused panic."
"Most people probably think black currant bushes are bird food...This is the first crop to offer a
potential profit in decades. And that's pretty exciting...the real story behind currants is the fact
that currants are incredibly healthy...The market potential is extraordinary."
"A force behind the new law, currant grower and entrepreneur, Greg Quinn, said a feasibility study has shown that black currants could become a $20 million-a-year crop in New York state...Besides their potential to make money for farmers, black currants contain important vitamins and minerals and have higher antioxidant properties than other dark berries like blueberries. Antioxidants are believed to help prevent degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease."
"Besides good fruit and pleasant aroma, black currants have other qualities to recommend their
planting. Deer evidently concur with Gerard about the aroma, because they rarely nibble the
plants. Insects, diseases, even birds, similarly keep their distance. The only care you need give this
plant is to cut stems that bore fruit to ground level."