Main blackcurrant growing areas
Coöperatieve Nederlandse Bessentelers
Head of organisation: Mr. Jack Bove
Phone : +31 622208012
Growing surface: 180ha
Average annual production: 1200 t
Varieties grown in the Netherlands
8% of the blackcurrants in the Netherlands are organically grown.
Culinary uses of blackcurrants in the Netherlands
lemonade Cassis (“Hero”), ice cream / sorbet, wine, liqueur, juice, cake
Further general information
In Dutch, blackcurrants are called “zwarte bessen” (meaning: black berries).
People also grow white and red currants in the Netherlands. Most of the blackcurrant fields are close to the sea, with less chance of nightfrost during blossoming.
Historically, people needed blackcurrants for their Vitamin C content. From 1900-1970, nearly every farmer had blackcurrants, sometimes only for his own consumption, others for sale. The oldest processor, Hero, made the promotion of his product, saying it was a “medicinal” drink.