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Red Currant  
A berry, much like a small grape, native to France and northern Europe that is related to the gooseberry. Currant berries grow in cool regions amongst abundant moisture, growing as black, red, and white varieties. They are a juicy berry with a sweet to tart flavor. The red currant berries are most often used for desserts, summer salads and soups, succulent sauces for poultry or pork, sweet or tart jams or sorbets, and eaten fresh, out of hand, since they have a sweeter taste. The white currant is the sweetest of all varieties, providing a juicy sweet flavor for a variety of foods. The red currants are often served in salads, providing a colorful accent and a sweet to tart flavor.