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Product: Blackcurrant Leaves
Latin Name: Ribes nigrum
Plant Family: Grossulariaceae
Other Names: European Black Currant, Quinsy Berries, Squinancy Berries, Cassis, Schwarze Johannisbeerblaetter, Gichtbeerblaetter, Cassistee & Feuilles de Cassis.
Description: A native of central Europe, this deciduous shrub grows to a height and width of 1.5 by 1.5 metres. The leaves are aromatic having the scent of the blackcurrant in them and are alternate, simple, 3–5 cm long, palmate with five lobes and have a serrated edge. The flowers are 4–6 mm in diameter, with five green-white petals edged with reddish brown. The fruits are black and can be up to 1cm in diameter hanging in bunches.
SUGGESTED USEThe leaves make a fragrant tea, they are used to make a bitter liqueur in Russia. The berries are used to make jams, cordials and liqueurs.
SHELF LIFEShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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