The Zante currant (Vitis vinifera) is a variety of small, sweet, seedless grape named after Corinth (currant) and the Ionian island of Zakynthos (Zante) and not to be confused with the original currants (e.g., blackcurrant, redcurrant, white currant) which are berries of shrubs in the Ribes genus and are in a different family altogether. The name currant apparently comes from the Anglo-French phrase "raisins de Corauntz" (Raisins of Corinth); "Zante" is a recent prefix given to distinguish them from the Ribes berry currants. Unlike black currants, the Zante currant is not a significant source of vitamin C.
Zante currants are very small and intensely flavoured. They can be eaten raw, especially when ripe, when they are sweet to the taste. They may also be referred to as table grapes for this purpose. More commonly they are used for making raisins and occasionally . When dried, they are often referred to as dried currants or just "currants" and in this form are used in cooking, especially baking and are a major ingredient in currant slice (or currant square) and currant cake.
In the United Kingdom they are usually referred to simply as "currants" and often used in scones, currant buns, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mincemeat. They are sometimes sold mixed with raisins and sultanas as "mixed dried fruit".