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Blackcurrant (Ripes nigrum)

Black currant (Latin Ribes nigrum) is a representative of the genus currant (Latin Ribes) of the monotypic Gooseberry family (Latin Grossulariaceae). The genus includes about 150 species, widespread in Eurasia, America, North-West Africa.
Blackcurrant (Ripes nigrum)deciduous shrub which grow up to 1-2 m tall. Stems are branched, erect, dark brown or reddish brown. The leaves are fragrant, petiolate, 3 - 5-lobed, coarsely serrate at the edges, glabrous above, pubescent along the veins below. Leaves and branches are bare. There are golden glands on the underside of the leaves. Therefore, the leaves, when rubbed, emit a strong currant aroma. The leaf arrangement is next. The flowers are bell-shaped, small, with bent lilac sepals and erect reddish petals, collected in 5 - 10 drooping loose, axillary inflorescences - bristles on shortened shoots. The fruit is a multi-seeded juicy black spherical berry with a characteristic odor. Blooms in May-June. The fruits ripen in July-August.
Wild currants are found almost throughout the entire European part of Russia and southern Siberia, reaching Baikal in the east. Grows in humid forests, on the banks of forest rivers and streams. Sometimes in river valleys it forms extensive thickets.
Berries, leaves and buds are used for medicinal purposes. The berries are dried by spreading them out in a thin layer in an oven or dryer at a temperature not exceeding 60 ° C, stirring and avoiding burning. Leaves are harvested in August-September, dried in a well-ventilated area. Currant leaves for harvesting for the winter are harvested after harvesting fruits from the middle of the branches, since picking off young leaves can harm the plant; old leaves are unusable.
Currant berries contain vitamin C - up to 400 mg /%, B - 0.06 mg /%, P-1.2 -1.5%, carotene - 0.7 mg /%, various sugars - from 4.5 to 16 , 8% (mainly glucose, fructose), organic acids - 2.5-4.5% (citric, malic), proteins - 1%, pectin substances - 0.2-0.8%, tannins - 0.39 -0.43%, anthocyanin substances (cyanidin, delphinidin) and glycosides, essential oils. Mineral composition of berries (in mg /%): sodium - 32, potassium - 372, calcium - 36, magnesium - 35, phosphorus - 33, iron - 1.3. The fruits also store selenium, copper and zinc. The content of ascorbic acid in other parts of the plant is also very high: in the leaves (after picking berries) - up to 470 mg /%, in the buds - up to 175 mg /%, in the buds up to 450 mg /%, in flowers up to 270 mg /%. The leaves contain tannins, essential oil, rutin and other flavonoids, sitosterol, pentosans, organic acids, vitamin C, enzyme emulsin, mineral salts. They accumulate zinc, molybdenum and selenium. 15 - 20 g of currant berries provide the body's daily need for ascorbic acid. In drought, the content of ascorbic acid in berries decreases by 20-30%, in rainy and cold summers it increases. In the northern regions, currants contain more ascorbic acid.
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To 1 filter bag add 1 cup (200 ml) of boiling water, leave for 15-20 minutes, periodically pressing on the filter bag with a spoon. Adults take 1 cup of infusion (100 ml) 2 times a day, with food. Duration of admission is 1 month.


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