Definition of red currant in English:

red currant

(British redcurrant)


  • 1A small, sweet, edible red berry.

    • ‘For dessert I chose hot berries - a wonderful combination of blackberries, strawberries and redcurrants mixed in a Cointreau sauce and poured into a tall glass, topped with a blob of vanilla ice-cream.’
    • ‘And as Georgia, clutching a plastic punnet, tugs on her mother's sleeve and begs her to accompany her to the redcurrants, it's clear that the most enthusiastic fruit-pickers live on-site.’
    • ‘Get some robust, artisan bread, like a sourdough, then go wild on the fruit: blackberries, blueberries, redcurrants, raspberries, wild strawberries - again, it doesn't matter what.’
    • ‘The coconut oak nose is enticing and carries through to the palate where it mixes with cherry, redcurrants and zinging tannins.’
    • ‘Last week, they all boasted beautiful crops of various berries - blueberries, raspberries and redcurrants (red or white, the white being, surprisingly, sweeter and milder in taste).’
    • ‘It is medium bodied with slightly sweet, red fruit flavours of rhubarb, strawberry and redcurrant.’
    • ‘Mix the redcurrants and blueberries into the strawberries.’
    • ‘The ornamental fruit garden has every known fruit, from apricots to redcurrants.’
    • ‘In the past it's always been those nasty orange balls of salmon roe, like unripe redcurrants that pop with an unclean fishy aftertaste in your mouth.’
    • ‘My friend who was staying last night likes to add mint and lemon juice; I sometimes add redcurrants for a stronger colour.’
    • ‘I am quite content to eat them out of hand, or paired with redcurrants in my mother's fruit salads.’
    • ‘The tiny garnish of redcurrants is more to the point.’
    • ‘With a seriously stuffed belly, we were tempted by a warm chocolate brownie garnished with redcurrants and ice cream, and a crepe filled with mangoes and strawberries.’
    • ‘I went for the roast chicken breast stuffed with Brie and sun-blushed tomatoes and served with a sauce of port and redcurrant.’
    • ‘The venison had strength of flavour, matched with a deeply glazed sauce of bacon, red wine, port, redcurrant and wild mushrooms.’
    • ‘In a few weeks the soft fruit which includes raspberries, redcurrants, gooseberries and blackcurrants will be available and the strawberries are already ripening and are ready to enjoy.’
    • ‘Others, such as cooking apples, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries, have more pectin and set without any help.’
    • ‘The one I'll be making this weekend will contain redcurrants, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (I'm going blackberrying when I've finished this!) and peach.’
    • ‘Blackcurrants, redcurrants and tayberries are due in a couple of weeks.’
    • ‘Before the main course was served, a refreshing fruity sorbet made from redcurrants and raspberries cleared the palates.’
  • 2The shrub that produces the red currant.

    Genus Ribes, family Grossulariaceae: several species, including the European R. rubrum and the North American garden red currant (R. sativum)

    • ‘In season, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and brambles run riot across Scotland.’
    • ‘Now is a good time for pruning soft fruit bushes, such as whitecurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, blackcurrants and briar fruits.’
    • ‘The gooseberries are usually placed in genus Ribes, along with their near cousins, the blackcurrants and redcurrants.’
    • ‘Since the early 1970s, George McLaren has been growing several varieties of strawberries and raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries.’
    • ‘For the small garden, consider ordering redcurrants or autumn raspberry ‘Autumn Bliss’ to grow in tubs.’
    • ‘Of the soft fruits, gooseberries and redcurrants can be left as a bush or grown as a standard.’
    • ‘Prune gooseberries and redcurrants if you haven't already done so.’
    • ‘The gooseberry sawfly also targets white and redcurrants, so it's worth keeping a close eye on them too.’


red currant

/ˈˌred ˈkərənt/ /ˈˌrɛd ˈkərənt/