Black Currant Black Tea-History of the Forbidden Fruit

Black Currant Black Tea-History of the Forbidden Fruit – had a rough start in the U.S.  Black currants, native to Europe and Asia, were once popular in the U.S.  However, farming the shrub was banned in the early 1900’s due to white pine blister rust.  White pine blister rust is a fungus that jumps form white pine to black currant plants and back to white pine.  Blister rust can eventually kill the tree.  The infamous plants were banned in the United States with the hopes of eliminating the fungus.  However, black currants are not the only plants that host blister rust.  Banning black currant plants hasn’t elimintated blister rust. Gooseberry and other plants in the Ribes genus are also a hosts.

The federal ban was lifted from some states starting in the 1960s.  The fruit remains largely unknown in the U.S. and has yet to become  popular like it is in many other parts of the world.

This fruit is high in vitamin C and E and antioxidants.  The flavor is tart yet sweet, just like our Black Currant Black Tea.

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