There are two types of gooseberry. This page is about the European gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). The American gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum) is a different species.
Grosella espinosa europea
Groseillier à maquereau
Basic information and facts
Europe, North West Africa, South West Asia
Mainly in Europe, especially in the northern (cooler) countries).
Evergreen or deciduous:
Gooseberries are deciduous plants.
Bell-shaped flowers which grow either single or in pairs.
Dark green 3 or 5 lobed leaves.
Round fruits with a diameter of about 2 to 2.5 cm. The fruits can be hairy or smooth. Often the color is light green but some cultivar have white, yellow, reddish or purple fruits.
The plants have branches with sharp spines.
Climate and weather:
Gooseberry need a temperate climate and grows well in the north of Europe.
Flowers are hermaphroditic and self-pollinating.
Gooseberry bushes can be 1 to 3 meter high.
About 1 to 1.2 meters between plants.
Can be propagated by seed but the preferred method is by cuttings.
Mildew is a common problem.
Hand picking the ripe fruits. Be careful as the branches have spines.
Fruits are eaten fresh as a snack or dessert or are used in cooking, to flavor drinks, in fruit pies, jams or to make wine.
Proverbs and Quotes
- The words of elders are like the gooseberry: bitter at first, then sweet.