The Upside Of Gooseberries

| 2/5/2014 10:41:00 AM

Mary ConleyDear Readers, in my last blog, I told you about planting gooseberry bushes. Now I want to tell you about the ups and downs of using gooseberries, and how I landed on the upside in case you might want to add them to your nursery catalog order.

Remember that it was my tasting a gooseberry crisp that started it all, so my goal was getting enough gooseberries to make one. The first "down" was the first year when something ate off the berries. The next down came the second year after protecting the bushes. I was able to harvest enough for my crisp, but it was tedious work since gooseberries have both a stem and a tail. Cleaning two or three cups for a crisp was time consuming, and not in my plans for a happy farm life. It just wasn't worth it, and I was disappointed.

The third year, the bushes were quite large and loaded with berries. Loaded! What on earth was I going to do with all those gooseberries? As usual, the world wide web saved the day, or berries, you might say. The answer was gooseberry jelly. You don't need to take off the stem or tail, and it has a unique and tantalizing flavor. So, I happily landed on the “up" side, and can honestly say that I highly recommend adding gooseberries to your garden. Now, to tell you how easy it is to make this scrumptious jelly!


Although the bushes have thorns, you simply lift up a branch with one hand and grab handfuls off with the other.