Dec 20 2012
06:11 pm
By: fischbobber  shortURL

My wife has a recipe that calls for currants. I found fresh currants at Publix this past weekend.
Since I have a simple direct solution for bringing home the currants, clearly I must be wrong.

My question is this. May one use fresh currants in recipes calling for currants? If not, where does one find processed currants?

Thank you and have a Merry/Happy/Crazy/ Fulfilling/Christmas/Hannakah/Kwanza/Solstice or season.

Vicky's picture


I'm pretty sure I saw dried currrants at the Fresh Market in Bearden on the rack with the other dried fruit in the produce section. Otherwise, you can get them at NutsOnline which carries all types of high quality dried fruits as well as nuts.

I believe using fresh currants in a recipe would be akin to using grapes in place of raisins.

Min's picture


Although fresh currants are quite good. Tart, but good.

Rachel's picture

You can usually find currants

You can usually find currants in any grocery along side the raisins.

michael kaplan's picture

you could try cranberries

you could try cranberries instead. they're in season.

Hildegard's picture

Use the fresh currants in a

Use the fresh currants in a stuffing, and add some chopped dates.

bizgrrl's picture

According to my Google search

According to my Google search you cannot use fresh currants as a substitute for dried currants. Dried currants are used for baking, fresh are not. Dried currants can usually be found where you find raisins. Or, ask a store employee.

Hildegard's picture

You can use them in stuffing.

You can use them in stuffing. Or bread pudding.

Up Goose Creek's picture


I'm pretty sure you can get dried currants at 3 rivers market.

fischbobber's picture

Finding currants

I'd like to thank everyone for their help.

We found them at Publix, Sun-Maid Zante Currants.

Despite the fact that I've been quite the dried fruit eater over the years, I swear I've never before noticed them. Generally, what baking gets done around here is done by my wife and she was thrilled to maintain her reign as the baking queen by calling, sight unseen and knowledge of fruit unknown, that the dried version of this fruit is what was required. I publicly admit that she was right and I was wrong and thus my bet is paid off.

Andy Axel's picture

Can't find a good lingonberry

Can't find a good lingonberry anywhere for any price...

Louisa's picture


Currants are dried red grapes.

redmondkr's picture

A red currant is not a dried

A red currant is not a dried red grape. It is related to the gooseberry. Here is an episode of The Victorian Kitchen that features the making of currant preserves for a Victorian picnic (begins about 19 minutes into the video). This episode also reminds us of one of the follies of the Tea Party dumb asses. Before government regulation (in England anyway) cayenne pepper was commonly adulterated with red lead and flour with chalk.

I recommend watching all nine episodes. It makes you appreciate our modern conveniences and further endears Mrs. Patmore.

Louisa's picture


Both sources you cite are for *red* currants which, along with black currants and white currants, are different from the currants usually used in baking (the original poster stated that the recipe called for currants, rather than red, black, or white currants). The currants used in baking are small raisins, ie dried grapes. In which case, raisins could be substituted in the recipe.

From the OED: "Currant - The raisin or dried fruit prepared from a dwarf seedless variety of grape, grown in the Levant; much used in cookery and confectionery."

Hildegard's picture

It's not a grape. It's a

It's not a grape. It's a currant, different species. In France the currant, called "cassis," is used to make a strong liqueur called Creme de Cassis, which you can find here (marketed by de Kuyper) - add a little to the bottom of a champagne glass and top with champagne for New Year's. The grape is different. I guess they are related, but they are different fruit.

Louisa's picture


Cassis = blackcurrant. Yes, totally different to grapes but not the currants usually referred to in baking.
If a recipe calls for currants (and does not mention black,red or white), then one would assume it means regular currants, which are dried grapes.

redmondkr's picture

So it would appear that the

So it would appear that the 'currants' used in baking are not true currants but raisins made from a "Zante Currant" variety of grape.

Stan G's picture

According to Sun Maid

Sun-Maid Natural Zante Currants are sun-dried from the Black Corinth grape, a very special grape grown in only selected vineyards of California.

For many, our Zante Currants have become the preferred delicacy in their favorite baked goods like scones, cookies, breads, muffins, or rolls. Tiny, dark and tart-to-taste, Zantes live up to the reputation of our other natural products... America's favorite.

fischbobber's picture


The original post referenced a fresh red currant at Publix that, based on the pictures I saw at Wikipedia, was indeed a gooseberry.

The subsequent zante currants appear to be a species of dried grape.

My wife still hasn't made the cookies, and everyone in her family appears to be amazed that a discussion amonst food affecienadoes about currants could last a week.

My anal retentive obsession with obscure details has also been duly noted.

Just an update for anyone keeping score at home.

Stan G's picture

Dried Currents--More Interesting Than Watching Software Install

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