We hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season, and looking forward to having some time to spend with your friends and families. As you know the holidays of Christmas and New Years fall at the end of the week in 2020. Our shipping partners also have an increase in demand due to holiday shipments. CurrantC has decided it is best if we hold of of on shipping frozen products until after the holiday season is over. We always want to ensure that you receive the best quality product If you place an order for them and you are in a neighboring state we will ship on a case by case basis. Sorry for the inconvenience. We are still striving to ship all other products in a timely fashion.

A Wealth of Health

Why Sweeten Dried Currants?

Unfortunately, as much as we, at CurrantC™ would like to offer an all-natural dried currant with a great chewy texture and no sweetener, it’s not technologically possible. You see, while sugar of any kind is used to make things sweet, it also acts as a preservative. Dried Black Currants have no problems with bacteria because of their natural low pH but as with all fruits and berries, they are susceptible to mold so they need a preservative when dried to a chewy texture.

The four main choices of preservatives are salt, which doesn’t work flavor wise, smoke, same answer, artificial preservative, which we would never use or some type of sugar. Most fruits are naturally sweet and high enough in fructose to do the job which is why you can have raisins (dried grapes), dried figs, dried apricots, dried mangos, etc. without any “added” sugar. Currants on the other hand are very tart because they are extremely low in fructose and in the absence of one of the “added” sugars, one would have to dry all the moisture out of them to the consistency of a hard, un-chewable peppercorn to prevent mold. Cranberries, which are also very tart and low in fructose, have the same issue hence, you never see dried cranberries (Craisins) without added sweeteners.

So you see, “dried, as-harvested, currants” in the delicious chewy form that everyone loves, is just not possible. We have chosen to use grape juice to keep the product 100% fruit and it’s less objectionable than processed white sugar.

Be aware of “real dried currants” without added sweetener. For the reasons explained above, if the product is called “currant” or “Zante currant” or “Real currant”, Zante black currant or some variation thereof, and states no added sugar or no added sweetener, it has to be using it’s own natural fructose which means it’s not a currant but most likely a dried grape (raisin).  Since CurrantC™ introduced genuine currants to the U.S. with all their health benefits, many companies have begun to ride the wave and are intentionally mislabeling their small raisins as currants.