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annesae
Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 6:43am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I don't get it.  The genotypediet site describes grocery store currants and says they are beneficial for gatherers.  But Brighid and Vicki would rather trust the marketing website of a company that is selling a different kind of currant.  If we can't believe the genotypediet site about currants, why should we believe it about anything?  
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Not really a big deal.  We have other foods with the name problem as well.  For instance yams in the grocery store are sweet potatoes.  Yams on the lists refer to the true yam. More info here:


http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?458

are not the same as these:http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?323

The supermarket calls all sweet potatoes yams but the listing of yams in the BTD and GTD is not the same as a sweet potato.  

BTW, many countries never outlawed currants, like the US did, so they know what currants are and can buy them from their market.  Here, we lost the knowledge of currants and I'm very happy to see a company bringing them back as scientists worked with the government to take the law away.  Buy some currant plants and help them thrive in the USA.



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BTW, many countries never outlawed currants, like the US did, so they know what currants are and can buy them from their market.  Here, we lost the knowledge of currants and I'm very happy to see a company bringing them back as scientists worked with the government to take the law away.  Buy some currant plants and help them thrive in the USA.


Do you mean that US outlawed currants( red and black )
not surprised that there are so much confusion then...
I wonder how all the "new Americans" with roots in Scandidnavia felt... these fruits/berries are so common in our cuisine.


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Yes.  Here's the details:  http://currants.com/index.php?src=news&refno=6&category=News%20Archive

and more on the man behind the return of currants to the United States:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/f.....=&pagewanted=all
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Yes.  Here's the details:  http://currants.com/index.php?src=news&refno=6&category=News%20Archive

and more on the man behind the return of currants to the United States:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/f.....=&pagewanted=all


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The GenoType Daily says this about currants: (February 1)
Teacher: A handful of dried currants are the perfect treat for you, Teacher. They're not as sweet as raisins, but they're about the same size and have a great chewy texture.


It looks like the GenoType web people are still experiencing some rough patches (like their announcement that Dr. D was going to be *on* The View).  If "currants" are dried, they are almost certainly Zante currants, which are merely teeny little raisins.  (Note that Typebase lists Zante grapes among the varieties used for raisins: http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?339.)  If raisins are verboten for your GenoType, dried currants are presumably a no-no as well.

The currants listed on Typebase, on the other hand, are "a tiny berry related to the gooseberry": http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?134.  There are two species of this currant: red (which also includes white and pink varieties) and black.  They are rarely available in stores or even farmer's markets in the U.S., but (as others have mentioned) are easy to grow in about the northern half of the country.



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