Small round fruit that grows on the deciduous shrub of the same name. Genus *Ribes*.

The size of the gooseberry fruit is comparable to blueberries. The shrub itself grows to an average size of 3-5 feet (0.91-1.52 metres).

Harvest

The berries are best picked when they are hard with a rich sheen. For gooseberries with less tartness, go toward those that are pinkish or purplish in color. Green indicates they are not yet ripe, but are still suitable for pies and jams.

Storage

Gooseberries will store well in the refrigerator for about two weeks. In storage they may turn pinker and softer. When the fruit turns purple, it will be suitable for purees for another week.

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Photo: Gooseberries by foxypar4, Flickr