Blackcurrant vs. Cassis

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Main Difference

The main difference between Blackcurrant and Cassis is that the Blackcurrant is a species of plant and Cassis is a commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

  • Blackcurrant

    The blackcurrant or black currant (Ribes nigrum) is a woody shrub in the family Grossulariaceae grown for its berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia where it prefers damp fertile soils and is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically. It is winterhardy, but cold weather at flowering time during the spring reduces the size of the crop. Bunches of small, glossy black fruit develop along the stems in the summer and can be harvested by hand or by machine. The raw fruit is particularly rich in vitamin C and polyphenol phytochemicals. Blackcurrants can be eaten raw but are usually cooked in a variety of sweet or savoury dishes. They are used to make jams, jellies and syrups and are grown commercially for the juice market. The fruit is also used in the preparation of alcoholic beverages and both fruit and foliage have uses in traditional medicine and the preparation of dyes.

    As a crop, the blackcurrant suffers from several pests and diseases. The most serious disease is reversion, caused by a virus transmitted by the blackcurrant gall mite. Another is white pine blister rust which alternates between two unrelated hosts, one in the genus Ribes (blackcurrant included) and the other a white pine. This fungus caused damage to forests when the fruit was first introduced into North America, where the native white pines have no genetic resistance to the disease. As a result, the blackcurrant has for most of the 20th century been subject to restrictions in parts of the United States as a disease vector. The effectiveness of these restrictions is questionable, since other Ribes species also host the disease and are native to North America.

    Breeding is being undertaken in Scotland, Poland, Lithuania, Norway, and New Zealand to produce fruit with better eating qualities and bushes with greater hardiness and disease resistance.

  • Cassis

    Cassis (French pronunciation: ​[kasi]; Occitan: Cassís) is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, whose coastline is known in English as the French Riviera, in Southern France.

    It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. The wines of Cassis are white and rosé, and not to be confused with crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy which takes its name from blackcurrants (cassis), not the commune.

  • Blackcurrant (noun)

    alternative spelling of black currant

  • Cassis (noun)

    The blackcurrant plant, Ribes nigrum; the flavor of its berries

  • Cassis (noun)

    A liqueur made from these berries, especially crème de cassis.

    “Cassis and soda is a popular drink.”

  • Cassis (noun)

    A wine flavor note, suggesting the fruity and full-bodied characteristics of the fruit; mostly referred to as simply blackcurrant in the UK, where the fruit is common.

  • Blackcurrant (noun)

    a small round edible black berry that grows in loose hanging clusters.

  • Blackcurrant (noun)

    the widely cultivated shrub that bears blackcurrants.

  • Cassis (noun)

    a syrupy blackcurrant liqueur produced mainly in Burgundy.

  • Cassis (noun)

    a wine produced in the region of Cassis, a small town near Marseilles.

Oxford Dictionary

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