Banned fruit now celebrated in sweet, savory recipes | Food and Cooking

BLOOMINGTON — Eating currants may have been a guilty pleasure at one time, but today currants are being celebrated.

In 1911, growing currant was banned in the U.S. because of their possible connection to a fungus that damaged pine trees. But as tree treatments and currant varieties changed, bans started lifting in 2003 and now the crop is grown commercially by farmers, mostly in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

Currants are also grown at the Refuge Food Forest in Normal, Illinois. This “food forest” was created by the town and University of Illinois Extension in