Here are a few easy tips for growing gooseberries in a home vegetable garden!
Learn gardening tips for how to plant, care for, and harvest gooseberry plants.
We have included an easy but delicious recipe for Gooseberry Fool dessert that will soon become a family favorite!
If you like a tart tasting berry, then you should consider planting gooseberries.
Although, some people like the shock to their taste buds of eating them raw, many prefer to stew them in an English dessert called Gooseberry Fool.
The gooseberry is said to have received its name because it was once used to make a sauce which was served with cooked goose.
The French enjoy gooseberries in a sauce made with fresh mackerel.
The plants grow best in Zones 4-8.
Gooseberries are prone to mildew.
Be sure to water them in the morning, so that the foliage has time to dry thoroughly.
Chive sprays have been used against downy and powdery mildew on gooseberries.
When companion plant gardening, tomatoes may aid their growth and broad beans may help drive away the gooseberry sawfly caterpillar.
Gooseberries may carry white pine blister rust.
Check with your county extension agency about any regulations for planting in your area.
When selecting a site, make certain the plants will be at least 900 feet away from any white pines growing in the location.
Gooseberry Fool was a favorite dessert in England for hundreds of years.
Legend has it that it got its name because after it was eaten, you acted like a fool.
It was said that children would eat as much as they could, run outside, roll down a hill, and then start eating all over again!
1. Remove the top and bottom ends of the gooseberries.
2. Put the gooseberries in a saucepan with the water and sugar. Simmer over low heat. Stir occasionally for about 20 minutes, until the berries are tender.
3. Using the back of a spoon pass the fruit through a sieve into a bowl and allow to cool.
4. Whip the cream with a mixer until stiff peaks form.
5. Fold the cream into the gooseberry puree.
6. Pour into individual dessert dishes and chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Although growing gooseberries is a beloved gardening practice in the United Kingdom, it is not as common in the USA.
Where I live in Oregon, many gardeners plant a few gooseberry bushes near the garden.
Our favorite is sweet-tart gooseberry pie, and gooseberry jam...yum.
The tide could turn as gardeners discover how easy gooseberries are to grow and what excellent preserves and desserts can be made with the berries!