Flavor Insight: Black Currant By The Numbers

July 10, 2017
Dessert Flavor Snacks Trends

A darker cousin of the gooseberry, the black currant is a small tarter berry. The berry is rich in vitamin-C and anti-inflammatory polyphenols. Typically used in jams, syrups, and liqueurs, we’re spotting it in products like porridge, compote and brownies! With more than 3,100 new products appearing globally, black currant is a flavor to keep an eye on.

Let’s take a look at the various forms of black currant on the menu, in social media, and in new products.


Currently Currant - Print & Social Media Highlights

There are several mentions of black currant in social media. Here are some of the highlights.

• On Pinterest, black currant pins appear in a wide variety of foods and beverage recipes, especially baked goods. We spied lavender black currant & vanilla bean homemade marshmallows, black currant shortbread bars, black currant lemon scones, black currant and lavender pie, and black currant pavlova. Also included is black currant jam, macadamia ricotta & black currant jam, black currant lime sparkling sangria and chicken liver pate with black currant jelly.

• A Twitter search shows tweets mentioning black currant including this tweet from @TasteLikeLov: “Black currant and walnut stuffed baked brie” with included link to the recipe. Also from @anderry281: a recipe for “Ribs with black currant barbecue sauce.

•On Food.com 350 recipes appear when you search for black currant. These recipes include quinoa, cucumber and currant salad, black currant tea with cinnamon and ginger, black currant mango iced tea, apple and black currant crumble bars and glazed baby carrots with currants.


We are also spotting black currant in print publications. Here are some of the highlights.

• In the December 2016 issue of Fine Cooking is a recipe for creamy cassis cocktails. This recipe calls for granulated sugar, vanilla bean, black currant liqueur, whole milk and vanilla vodka.

• In a December 2016 issue of Food & Wine is a recipe for custard & black currant jam tart. This combination of creamy custard and sticky sweet jam is described as a match made in heaven.

Black Currant on the Menu

We spotted black currant mentioned 130 times on menus with fine/upscale dining as the top restaurant segment. Here are some notable mentions:
• Cherry- Black Currant Danish- Lark
• Aged Cheddar with Black Currant and Blueberry Compote- The Publican
• Applewood Pork Chops with Black Currant Glaze- Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern
• La Quercia Prosciutto with Black Currant Jam- Nico Osteria

Black Currant Global New Product Introductions

We saw 3,112 new products launched globally featuring black currant. Some products of note:
• UK: Blackcurrant Still Vitamin Water
• Sweden: Granola with Strawberry & Blackcurrant
• Russia: Blackcurrant Nectar Dessert
• India: Chocolate with Black Currant
• Saudi Arabia: Sparkling Blackcurrant Cocktail Drink

Black Currant North America New Product Introductions

We saw 119 new products launched in North America featuring black currant. Some products of note:
• Packom Sweets Coconut Blackcurrant Candy
• Finnriver Lavender Black Currant Cider
• McCann's Artisan Collection Black Currant, Almond & Cream Irish Oatmeal
• Bixby Bar Birdie Chocolate Bar With Hazelnuts, Black Currants, and Fluer De Sel

Black Currant: The Hidden Gem

Up until 2003, black currant was known as the forbidden fruit due to its potential to spread a deadly fungus to pine trees. Because of this, many people within the United States have yet to reap the benefits of this tiny fruit. With high amounts of anthocyanins, polyphenolic substances, antioxidants and vitamin C, black currant is used to help increase blood flow and improve the immune system, eyesight, gut and kidney. Black currant extract are said by some to reduce the risk factors of both type 1 and 2 diabetes.



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Sources: Mintel GNPD, Mintel Menu Insights, Flavor & The Menu, Pinterest, Twitter, Food.com, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine