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Gooseberry bush

The gooseberry Ribes uva-crispa is a species of Ribes (as is the redcurrant and the blackcurrant) that is native to Europe, northwestern Africa and southwestern Asia.

The gooseberry is another fruit that was more often 'home grown' than purchased from the greengrocer. It has a sharp tart flavour which is very well suited to sauces for pork, duck and mackerel and recipes such as gooseberry fool.

Late in the season, when they are fully ripe, they are sweet enough to eat uncooked.

Seasonal Information: Gooseberries

This information is specifically for countries in the northern temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere; particularly the United Kingdom, however it should be applicable for northern USA, northern Europe, Canada, Russia, etc.

Gooseberries are at their best and in season during the following months: June & July.

Other gooseberries

  • Barbados gooseberry, an unusual cactus
  • Cape gooseberry, a species of Physalis indigenous to South America
  • Chinese gooseberry (Kiwi fruit), the edible berry of a cultivar group of the woody vine Actinidia deliciosa and hybrids between this and other species in the genus Actinidia
  • Indian gooseberry, a deciduous tree of the Euphorbiaceae family
  • Jamaican gooseberry tree, a herb-like plant of the family Phyllanthaceae
  • Otaheite gooseberry, the only tree with edible fruit in the Phyllanthaceae family
  • Star gooseberry (shrub), a shrub grown in some tropical regions as a leaf vegetable

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