Growing Gooseberries

Grow a Gooseberry Bush for Fresh Nutritious Berries

Gooseberry bush loaded with greenish coloured Gooseberries

Do you know what Gooseberries are?

They look kind of like grapes but are more oval in shape, and they have a sweet and a little tart taste to them.

This fast growing, self-pollinating plant grows to about 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide in full sun. It needs regular watering to keep it evenly moist.


Health Benefits of Gooseberries

There are so many health benefits from eating them that they really are worth trying.

They are full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that will help protect your body from many health issues you might have.

Eating a handful of these berries provides you with a good source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, carbohydrates, copper, magnesium, Vitamin B5 and B6, potassium, iron and phosphorus.

Studies have shown that eating these berries regularly might be able to help:

  • improve your eye sight,
  • they are high in fiber,
  • decrease blood sugar levels,
  • help the body absorb calcium,
  • help in preventing and protecting from cancer
  • helps to improve brain health and improve your memory
  • can slow down aging effects
  • Enhances hair growth, retains colour, and improves the sheen of your hair.
  • Makes the heart muscles stronger
  • Improves your immune system

There are many ways to eat this wonderful fruit besides eating them raw. Jams and jellies are the most popular but you can also make ice cream, cobbler, tarts, pies, squares and so much more.


Gooseberry Recipes 

Here are a couple recipes to try from theDailyMeal.com:

Gooseberry Jam Recipe

Red gooseberry jam in a mason jar with spoon.

A popular way of eating these delicious berries.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Gooseberries, topped and tailed (cut the ends off), divided
  • 4 cups sugar

Directions:

Place a saucer in the freezer for testing the syrup later.

Put 2 cups berries and ½ cup water in a large heavy sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Crush the berries slightly, and then add the rest of the berries and the sugar, mixing well. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Berries should be soft and broken down.

Now you can start testing the mixture for consistency. Remove the saucer from the freezer and place a little of the mixture on the saucer. When you tip the saucer a little the syrupy mixture should be thick and not runny. If it’s not thick enough continue to boil the mixture until it not runny any more. This could take a while longer depending on the variety, size and the time of season the berries are picked.

Once it is thick enough allow it too cool and then divide it into jars or containers and refrigerate until ready to use.

This jam would make excellent gifts for weddings, birthdays or Christmas.

Red gooseberry jam on bread

Gooseberry Fool

Gooseberry Fool in a glass with whipped topping


A traditional favourite among the English.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Gooseberries, topped and tailed
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Put the gooseberries and water into a large sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until the berries are soft and most of the water is gone about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the sugar and bring to a boil while mashing the gooseberries with a wooden spoon. Cook for a couple minutes until the sugar has melted.

Put berries and syrup into a medium size bowl and set aside. Whip the heavy cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Take out ½ cup of the berries for garnish and then fold in whipped cream to the remaining berries. Spoon fool into 4 or 5 glasses and garnish with remaining berries. Keep refrigerate until you are ready to eat.


Below is a short video on my gooseberry plant right after I received it.


Some vegetables that are great for planting around Gooseberries are -

  • Bean that are in pods as they will repel Gooseberry sawflies
  • Tomatoes which will repel insects that feed on the Gooseberry
  • Tansy will repel flying insects like Japanese Beetles, stripped cucumber beetles, and a few other insects
  • Chives which will help prevent plant diseases


If you haven't tried these delicious berries yet, you should. With all the health benefits they have, they are worth a try.

Gooseberry bush with reddish coloured berries on it.

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