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Picking and preparing  black currants

We're using berries from Ribes aureum gracillimum - Golden Currant. Most of the other Goose Berries or Currants. will also work.

Wash them in cold water.

We don't use warm water because it would cause fruit to burst.

Dry them

Dry them off so they won't make the cookies soggy.

Fill each cookie with about a tablespoon of berries.

Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or as is.

¾ teaspoon salt


½ cup sugar

¾ cup softened butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet and dry ingredients

Press into tart tins (or make sugar cookies with a depression in the middle)

Bake for about 8 minutes at 375°

Allow to cool before adding fruit

You can learn more about edible California native plants at Incredible edibles.

You can learn more about currants and gooseberries at the currants and gooseberries page.

Ribes aureum var. gracillimum, Golden Currant, in summer in the Santa Margarita garden of Las Pilitas Nursery, with its crop of small, good-tasting fruits (the birds think so, too!). - grid24_12
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