THE CHAMPAGNE OF GOOSEBERRIES
RED AND PURPLE FRUITS FOR EYE-APPEALING DRINKS & DESSERTS!
The name “gooseberry” seems to come from the Dutch Kruisbezie or German Krausbeery. The fruits are large and globular, the skins translucent, giving them a jewel-like quality. They are native to large parts of Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
In Europe they grow as far north as the Arctic Circle. They have been popular since the Middle Ages because of their versatility, hardiness and the fact that they are one of the earliest fruits to ripen in spring. It may be for this reason that the juice and leaves were used to quell fevers in olden times. Gooseberries are edible and can be eaten as-is, or used as an ingredient in desserts, such as pies. Early pickings are generally tart and more appropriate for culinary use. They are also used to flavor beverages such as sodas, flavored waters, or milk, and can be made into fruit wines and teas. Gooseberries can be preserved in the form of jams, dried fruit, or, surprisingly, as the primary ingredient in pickling. Think of it – a winter dish garnished with pickled gooseberry! This is a truly “fun fruit.”