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    Default Not so tasty blackcurrants

    This year is my first year of getting a reasonable crop of blackcurrants, I don't know the variety as I got them as sticks in a pot.

    They look nice and black, but they are definitely not sweet. In fact not a nice flavour at all, just very sharp. I know we've not had much sunshine these last couple of weeks, rain and some sunny spells mostly. But will they get any sweeter if left on for longer, or will they start to rot?

    I have 7 bushes, I left 2 uncovered for the birds to eat. I won't do that again though, as I hadn't realised they would do so much damage to the bushes. They look like vandals have been and attacked them, but I was thinking that the birds know they are ripe, so maybe they don't get any sweeter.

    I prefer to have fruit to eat as is, not having to add sugar as I get addicted to sugar really quickly. If the rain holds off tomorrow or the next day I'll try and pick some for a blackcurrant smoothie, and hope that the porridge oats and water will reduce the sharpness of the berries.

    Interestingly I don't have to cover my raspberries or blackberries, the birds leaves them alone. My strawberries seemed to be fine too, so really my only bird attacks have been blackcurrants and brassica's if left uncovered.

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    I don't think they ever get really sweet, but if you can catch them just before they split or fall off they are a tiny bit sweeter!
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    Would agree with Snadgar, don't think blackcurrants will ever get sweet, they have a distinctive flavour all of their own.
    You either like them or you don't and i don't think any amount of sugar will change the taste.

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    I have a little blackcurrant bush and I just noticed some berries today and I hadn't seen any flowers so was surprised. I tasted some and didn't think they were very nice either. The looked good too, nice black and ripe. Maybe if dried they will be like currents ?

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    You can use blackcurrants to make jam, jelly, fruit cordials etc. I think they're much better used this way than fresh

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenhat View Post
    Maybe if dried they will be like currents ?
    Maybe, but a currant is a dried grape, so maybe not
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    Maybe my taste buds are odd, but I can eat my blackcurrants straight off the bush. No idea what variety they are though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    Maybe my taste buds are odd, but I can eat my blackcurrants straight off the bush. No idea what variety they are though
    Your tastebuds are very definitely odd

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