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Currants (Vitis vinifera)

Black corinth is a small, dark purple seedless grape, which is very sweet.

These grapes are also known as Zante currant, which refers to the Greek island where they first grew.

Black corinth are mainly dried for confectionery and baking.

These small grapes are grown in Greece and Australia; they are usually dried on the vine but can be removed from the vine. We buy Greek dried currants.

The grape is thought to have been well established throughout the world long before the arrival of humans. Grape (Vitis vinifera), our most common grape, is one of the oldest cultivated plants, some of the earliest records of which exist in Egypt, dated around 4000 BC.

Grape is the generic name given to the berry of a grape vine plant. There are several species that make up the genus Vitis (family Vitaceae), including varieties that are eaten as fruit, dried to produce raisins, currants and sultanas, or crushed to make juice and wine.

One of the most praised health foods, grapes are a good source of vitamins and minerals, containing magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C and several of the vitamin B group.

Grapes are a natural source of malic acid, an important Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) ingredient in cosmetics. Malic acid is a colorless, crystalline compound used as flavouring in foods, such as sour confectionery and in the aging of wine.

We use dried currants in our Sultana of Soap as mild exfoliants, which are soft and nutritious on the skin and as decoration.