What’s the difference between a currant and a raisin?
There are various types of currants. Some currants are actually small, seedless raisins (dried grapes). A currant also is one of the various shrubs belonging to the saxifrage family and the fruit of that shrub. Currants are cultivated in the cooler regions of Europe and North America and are used for making jams and jellies. Red and white currants are used to make wine, and black currants are used to make cassis, a liqueur. Zante currants are actually dried grapes (raisins); do not confuse them with currants. A raisin specifically is a dried large, dark grape.