Black currants are predominately utilized as a processing fruit for beverages, jams, jellies and other fruit products. In Europe it is a common inclusion in the "rainbow" of fruit flavor offerings. In today's economy, many fruits for process are increasingly picked by machine. At HIGHLAND VALLEY FARM we have a machine that will pick blueberries for process markets. The same machine can also harvest currants.
Our initial planting of black currants at HVF was a response to a request from White Winter Winery in Iron River, WI, which now uses the fruit in its Black Mead table wine, Black Harbor spirits, and Northwoods Naturals Black Spritz carbonated juice beverage. Black currants have since become a staple in our households--black currant jam has become Janet's favorite. We are expanding production and are now able to offer black currants to our retail and pick-your-own customers as well.