My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

So the blackcurrants we inherited are now looking nice and plump and black... the only issue is that they taste disgusting! I'm not actually sure that I've ever tasted a fresh blackcurrant before (amazingly) but I'm pretty sure they're meant to taste sweet or maybe tart but FRUITY. These ones have the most unusual flavour and all I can liken them to is meat, more specifically chicken! Is this normal? Is there a variety that's meant to taste this way? Have I done something wrong with them? I am very perplexed as there are hundreds of the things!! image



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,095

    I find fresh blackcurrants quite tart, and they are usually used in pies or jam with lots of sugar, but in no way would I describe them as chicken like.image

    Are you absolutely sure they are blackcurrants? Have you a photo of the bush and leaves and fruit.?  The leaves normally smell very blackcurranty if you crush them.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    They only taste sweet when they are very, very ripe and just about to fall off the bush.  They definitely need sugar to bring out their flavour.  They are rarely eaten raw; usually cooked.

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Gff is it an after taste that you get? They taste fine to me until I swallow them then I get a horrid after taste image wouldn't say chicken lol but definitely not nice.

  • Its not just an after taste Addict, its a 'during' taste lol. My mum just tasted them and said they are meant to taste like that! Well if that's the case I'm replacing them next year! 


    I will try cooking them in something sweet Fidget & Welsh.. it would be such a shame to waste them all. They are definately blackcurrants... the leaves smell very blackcurranty.


    Maybe I just have weird tastebuds... or weird soil round here! 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,356

    I never eat blackcurrents raw, always cooked as I don't like the taste either.  However, it is transformed into the blackcurrent taste we know and love once cooked and they make fantastic jam (strain during making that to make blackcurrent jelly - niece won't eat anything with 'bits' in) which can be used in all sorts of other sweet dishes and drinks.  Same with gooseberries - I might eat a few very ripe ones with ice cream etc, but 95% get cooked or made into wine.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,356

    My goosies are a bit too sharp Verdun but I'm growing some red ones this year too so might be a convert if they are a bit sweeter. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Red gooseberries? Wow, they sound nice. Might have to try growing some next year in place of the blackcurrants. Will definately try them cooked though... Will hunt for some recipes today image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,900

    I made blackcurrant cordial with mine. With a little more sugar and boiled a little more you can make a syrup which is lovely mixed with Greek yoghurt or poured over vanilla ice cream.image

  • KatiejaneKatiejane Posts: 21

    3 pounds of blackcurrants, 1 pound sugar and a bottle of vodka/gin or white rum, leave to steap until October/November then strain - yummy for christmas image


  • Pottie PamPottie Pam Posts: 887

    Hi Katiejane,

    I do that with raspberries and blackberries and sloes, of course.

    My gooseberries are big enough to cook with now but later on tthey turn red and can be eaten straight form the bush. I don't know the variety. The blackcurrants will need a few more days to ripen. The cordial sounds lovely. I might try that.

  • KatiejaneKatiejane Posts: 21

    Woo raspberries are wonderful with white rum, not done balckberries will try that one.


    Not made cordial either, might try that, I have pounds of blackcurrants coming this year the bushes have gone mad with a bumper crop.



  • liggylauraliggylaura Posts: 32

    Chickeny blackcurrants??  Have they been fed with chicken manure??  Only way I can think that they taste like chicken???

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,900

    I do the steeping in vodka and sugar with raspberries too. Lovely in a Kir. Pour a little into a wine glass and tp up with white wine. Very popular here in France as an aperitif, especially with blackcurrant liquer and blackberry.

  • No chicken manure liggy lol. 


    I'm liking the recipes and drinks ideas image


  • Outdoor girlOutdoor girl Posts: 286

    In a moment of great personal sacrifice ( I dislike blackcurrants intensely!) I tried one from our bush. You are right, a raw blackcurrant tasted a little chicken! However, when cooked they taste like they should.  Husband likes them stewed with a teaspoon of honey.

  • Hooray! Not just me then image

  • TheSlothTheSloth Posts: 31

    We went fruit picking last year and I was eating the fresh blackcurrants off the bush. I spat them out saying 'Oh my god, they taste like meat!' My companions thought I was mental, and told me as much. I am much relieved that I am indeed, not mental. They do taste like meat. You are not alone.image

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