Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Clove Currants

Our clove currants are ripening, slowly and steadily.  The clove currant (Ribes odoratum) is a medium shrub with spicy smelling yellow flowers in the spring and shiny blue-purple-black berries about the size of blueberries that are coming ripe right about now.  The berries have a sour taste and are quite juicy.

Today I've been pondering about what to do with the clove currants.  Jam, jelly, juice, syrup, and leather all sound appealing but also sound like more work than I feel like putting in today.  I'm thinking a crisp might be nice, and my friend offered some maple syrup to use in exchange for giving him part of the crisp.  Sounds like a deal too good to pass up!  I'll let you know how it goes...

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