All About the Gooseberry

With a pale green coloring and a full, spherical fruit, the gooseberry is as enticing as it is delicious.

Fruit Description

Native to Europe, North Africa, and the Caucasus, this colorfully green fruit grows on tall bushes. While it is predominantly green, it does have red, purple, yellow, and white varieties. The berries are known to have hairy skin and have been popular since the late 1800s.

How Does It Taste?

Interestingly enough, a perfectly ripe gooseberry is hard to come by. When eaten unripe and raw, they have a sour grape flavor. When perfectly ripe, they have a distinctly boozy, Muscat grape flavor. The gooseberry is grown on bushes and is largely eaten raw, although it does also cook well.

Just Desserts!

Aptly named, this Gooseberry Dessert is the perfect way to highlight the fresh flavors of the gooseberry. Requiring little in the way of cooking materials, this dessert takes the gooseberry and incorporates it into a fresh and light pastry for a delicious and nutritious dessert. If you’re interested in trying a dessert with an element of tradition, the Gooseberry Fool was first published in The Saturday Evening Post all the way back in May of 1868.

A Place in Pop Culture

A popular reference to the gooseberry in today’s culture will bring up the idea that the idea of this fruit was hijacked from China by New Zealand. As references to the gooseberry stretch far back into history, today, New Zealand has marketed it as the kiwifruit and has enjoyed the fruits of its labors in high popularity.

Tasty Extras

The leaf of the gooseberry is heralded for its maple-like qualities. However, be aware that the picking of this fruit in the wild will require gloves, as it has spiky prickles that can impale your hands!