Friday, July 8, 2011

Pasture Gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

We've had our eye on this shrub since we moved into our house. It had never borne fruit. But this spring the electric utility cleared some trees around nearby power lines, and this shaded shrub has enjoyed full noonday sun for the nearly two months.

Lo and behold, that's what it needed to start producing its prickly, intimidating fruit. Our guides tell us that they're not ripe until red-purple. Anyone out there have experience with gooseberries? What do we do with them once they're ripe?


  1. Sounds good, but I don't think we have enough for a whole pie. Maybe a few tarts. Do you have any suggestions for preparation?

  2. some of them light green some of them dark red purple when it is ripe it is depend on what kind it has to be little bit soft and juicy,you can eat fresh, you can make jam, cold fruit soup, compote.