Freeze Dried NZ Blackcurrant Powder

Packed with nutritional bioactives, we source only New Zealand grown blackcurrants for our freeze dried blackcurrant powder.

This distinctive berry is known to contain particularly high levels of anthocyanins, which are anti-oxidant compounds concentrated in the skin of the blackcurrant , providing protection from high levels of UV light and giving the berry its characteristic dark purple colour.

Product Features 

Antioxidant activity of anthocyanins reduces oxidative stress

Blackcurrants contain a range of bioactives including most notably Vitamin C and phenolic compounds.  These phenolic compounds are part of the plants natural defense mechanism, helping to protect it from high levels of UV radiation, infection or other damage.

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In blackcurrants the main phenolic compounds present are the anthocyanins, which are powerful anti-oxidants with a range of potential health benefits.

Anthocyanins from blackcurrant have demonstrated neuroprotective effects  in  models of Alzheimers disease and Parkinsons disease,  have  shown positive effects on endothelial dysfunction ( an early indicator of the development of atherosclerosis) in adult subjects with hyperlipidaeimia, and have demonstrated cholesterol  and blood sugar lowering effects in animal models.

Other research has focussed on potential improvements in patients with the eye disease Glaucoma  following supplementation with  anthocyanin concentrate from blackcurrant

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Nutritional powder containing naturally occurring phytonutrients, including the powerful anti-oxidant anthocyanin, and vitamins, including Vitamin C to support general health and promote reduced oxidative stress.


Freeze dried blackcurrant powder is suitable for a variety of applications including encapsulation and tableting. It can also be used as a nutrient boosting sprinkle over other food (such as cereal, fruit or yoghurt) or mixed into smoothies.


Waitaki’s  blackcurrant powder is manufactured  from New Zealand grown, non GMO, non-irradiated blackcurrants (ribes nigrum) using a gentle freeze drying process to preserve as much of the naturally occurring bioactives in the finished product as possible.

We use the de-juiced, flesh, skin and seeds of the whole blackcurrant berry to produce our blackcurrant powder. No additives or preservatives are added to this product, just 100% New Zealand grown blackcurrants.

A phytosanitary certificate is available for export shipments upon request.

Product Profile

  • Dark purple freeze dried powder containing blackcurrant seeds, skin and flesh.
  • 1%-3% total Anthocyanin content*
  • < 500 micron ( US std 35 Mesh)
  • No additives or preservatives
  • Non GMO
  • Non irradiated
  • 20 kg net weight cartons

*(total anthocyanins tested as cyaniding-3-glucoside)