|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||234 kJ (56 kcal)|
|- Sugars||7.37 g|
|- Dietary fiber||4.3 g|
|Thiamine (vit. B1)||0.04 mg (3%)|
|Riboflavin (vit. B2)||0.05 mg (4%)|
|Niacin (vit. B3)||0.1 mg (1%)|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||0.064 mg (1%)|
|Vitamin B6||0.07 mg (5%)|
|Folate (vit. B9)||8 μg (2%)|
|Choline||7.6 mg (2%)|
|Vitamin C||41 mg (49%)|
|Vitamin E||0.1 mg (1%)|
|Vitamin K||11 μg (10%)|
|Calcium||33 mg (3%)|
|Iron||1 mg (8%)|
|Magnesium||13 mg (4%)|
|Manganese||0.186 mg (9%)|
|Phosphorus||44 mg (6%)|
|Potassium||275 mg (6%)|
|Sodium||1 mg (0%)|
|Zinc||0.23 mg (2%)|
|Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
The white currant (whitecurrant) is a sport of the red currant (Ribes rubrum), a species of flowering plant in the family Grossulariaceae, native to Europe. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 1 m (3 ft) tall and broad, with palmate leaves, and masses of spherical, edible fruit (berries) in summer. The white currant differs from the red currant only in the colour and flavour of these fruits, which are a translucent white.
Currant bushes do best in partial to full sunlight. They are relatively low-maintenance plants.
The cultivar 'White Grape' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. There are also cultivars with yellow and pink fruit, called respectively yellow currants and pink currants.
White currant berries are slightly smaller and sweeter than red currants. When made into jams and jellies the result is normally pink. The white currant is actually an albino cultivar of the red currant but is marketed as a different fruit. White currants are rarely specified in savory cooking recipes compared with their red counterparts. They are often served raw and provide a sweetly tart flavor. White currant preserves, jellies, wines and syrups are also produced. In particular, white currants are the classic ingredient in the highly rarefied Bar-le-duc or Lorraine jelly although preparations made of red currants can also be found.