The Redcurrant (Ribes rubrum) is a member of the genus Ribes in the family Grossulariaceae. It is native to Western Europe – France, England, Belgium, the Pyrenees and northern Italy. It mainly grows on the banks of mountain springs and rivers and on rocks. It is relatively long-lived: treated with care, it can grow in the same habitat for 20-25 years. Redcurrants are used to make juice, wine, jam, syrup and compotes. In popular medicine it is used to treat a number of illnesses, such as rheumatism, gout and sciatica, cardiovascular diseases and more. It is also known to reduce fever.
What do redcurrants contain?
Redcurrants contain a lot of vitamin C, potassium, sodium, phosphor, magnesium and iron.
What are the benefits of redcurrants?
Redcurrants are a good source of vitamin K, which improves the health of bones and the cardiovascular system. It has the ability to regulate blood clotting. Redcurrants help prevent cancer, protect the mucous membranes and improve metabolism in cells.