Sinonimi: currant bush
ETYM French corinthe (raisins de Corinthe raisins of Corinth) currant, from the city of Corinth in Greece, whence, probably, the small dried grape (1) was first imported, the Ribes fruit (2) receiving the name from its resemblance to that grape.
1. Any of several tart red or black berries used primarily for jellies and jams.
2. Any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Ribes bearing currants; SYN. currant bush.
3. Small dried seedless raisin grown in the Mediterranean region and California; used in cooking.
Berry of a small seedless variety of cultivated grape Vitis vinifera. Currants are grown on a large scale in Greece and California and used dried in cooking and baking. Because of the similarity of the fruit, the name currant is also given to several species of shrubs in the genus Ribes, family Grossulariaceae.
The garden red currant Ribes rubrum is a native of S Europe and Asia, now also growing in North America. The European black currant R. nigrum is widely cultivated. The American black currant R. americanum is native to E North America, as is the skunk currant R. glandulosum.
1. Something superior or very desirable; especially; something desirable given in return for a favor
2. A dark reddish purple
ETYM French raisin grape, raisin, Latin racemus cluster of grapes or berries; cf. Greek rax, ragos, berry, grape. Related to Raceme.
Dried grape, for eating as a fruit and also used in baking and confectionery. The chief kinds are the seedless raisin, the sultana, and the currant. The main producers are the Mediterranean area, California, Mexico, and Australia.
Grapes may be dried in the sun or artificially, using hot air. The dark color of the dried fruit comes from the caramelization of natural sugars during the drying process. Drying reduces grapes to 25% of their original weight, while retaining almost all the nutritional value of the fresh fruit.