Black Currant Juice Concentrate
The black currant is a shrub with maple-like leaves with toothed edges. It grows from 2-4 feet off the ground. They are native to the Midwest. You can look for them in a wooded area with openings, bottomlands or slopes. In spring, their flowers are yellowish-white and look like small bells growing alternate in a row. In the fall, youâ€™ll find 4-6 black-red fruits in a cluster from the main branch. This plant is popular with people and wildlife. Black currants are very nutritious and people love to make jellies and preserves from the berries. They're great on pancakes and ice cream. They also make wonderful glazes for meats like fish and poultry Black Currant Oil (Immune) is arich source of gamma linolenic acid, GLA, along with other important polyunsatura-ted fatty acids. Fatty acids are involved in many body functions, such as maintaining body temperature, insulating nerves, cushioning and protecting tissues and creating energy. These essential fatty acids are precursors of prostaglandins, which must be present for functions involved with dilating blood vessels, regulating arterial pressure, metabolizing cholesterol, activating T-lymphocytes, protecting against platelet aggregation, controlling abnormal cell proliferation, and other functions. Before the discovery of black currant oil, the only other known sources of GLA were motherâ€™s milk and evening primrose oil. Juice is a liquid naturally contained in fruit or vegetable tissue. Juice is prepared by mechanically squeezing or macerating fresh fruits or vegetables without the application of heat or solvents. For example, orange juice is the liquid extract of the fruit of the orange tree. Juice may be prepared in the home from fresh fruits and vegetables using variety of hand or electric juicers. Many commercial juices are filtered to remove fiber or pulp, but high pulp fresh orange juice is a popular beverage. Juice may be marketed in concentrate form, sometimes frozen, requiring the user to add water to reconstitute the liquid back to its "original state". However, concentrates generally have a noticeably different taste than their comparable "fresh-squeezed" versions. Other juices are reconstituted before packaging for retail sale. Common methods for preservation and processing of fruit juices include canning, pasteurization, freezing, evaporation and spray drying. A concentrate is a form of substance which has had the majority of its base component (in the case of a liquid: the solvent) removed. Typically this will be the removal of water from a solution or suspension such as the removal of water from fruit juice. One benefit of producing a concentrate is that of a reduction in weight and volume for transportation as the concentrate can be re-constituted at the time of usage by the addition of the solvent.