Cassis Absolute (Ribes nigrum)
Blackcurrant belongs to the Grossulariaceae plant family and is native to Europe and Northern Asia. It is a small shrub that grows up to approximately 2m tall.
The leaves are quite large and green, and the flowers are coloured dark red to brown. The blackcurrant fruit itself is a small, dark purple berry.
Leaves are gathered during the growing season and used fresh, or dried for use in infusions.
The berries are picked when ripe; oil is extracted from ripe seeds.
Fruits and fruit extracts are used in desserts, jams, jellies, drinks, cordials, and liqueurs.
Cassis, or blackcurrant absolute is extracted by solvent extraction from the buds of the blackcurrant bush.
It is a thick, greenish paste that has a very strong blackcurrant aroma.
It is widely used in the foods and flavouring industry.