4 cups Gooseberries, topped and tailed (cut
the ends off), divided
4 cups sugar
Place a saucer in the freezer for testing the syrup
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.
A traditional favourite among the English.
3 cups Gooseberries, topped and tailed
¼ cup water
¾ cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
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
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.
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