Name: Red currant, bristly (sour)
CURRANT RED, Bristly (sour)
A small branched shrub with grayish bark. Leaves are heart-shaped, serrated, hairy below. The flowers are greenish-white, collected in a drooping brush. The berries are spherical, red, sweet and sour. Flowering in May, fruiting in July. Spring honey plant.
Widely distributed in the wild from the Urals to
Baikal, Siberia and the Far East. Grows in wet forests, along rivers and swamps. Cultivated as a horticultural fruit shrub.
Medicinal raw materials are fruits. The fruits contain a small amount of ascorbic acid, carotene, flavonoids, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic, malic, succinic and citric acids, sugars, pectin substances.
In folk medicine, fruits and juice are used to lower the temperature in febrile diseases, regulate intestinal motility and as a mild laxative. Redcurrant juice increases the excretion of sweat and urine and improves appetite. It also has a mild laxative, slightly choleretic, anti-inflammatory and hemostatic effect.
Infusion: 3 tbsp. spoons of berries pour a glass of boiling water, insist 4 hours, filter and take a quarter cup 30 minutes before meals 3-4 times every day. The berries are suitable for the preparation of a vitamin extract.