In this article, we're going to cover everything you need to know about gooseberries. We'll tell you what they taste like, whether you should eat them raw and what you can do with them in your home cooking.
Let's get started...
What Does Gooseberry Taste Like?
When it comes to gooseberries, the phrase "sour grapes" takes on a new meaning. Gooseberries can be golden, greenish or reddish in color, and they really do have a tart grape flavor.
Gooseberries are almost savory with a sharpness that may remind you of lemons, though there is a subtle sweetness that comes across like tropical fruit. Mostly, these little berries are zingy, zesty and bright.
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The texture of a gooseberry is close to that of a cherry tomato. The skin is firm but thin, easily pierced with your teeth or a fork. Inside, it's pulpy, juicy and soft.
The seeds of the gooseberry are edible, but they're not quite as soft as the seeds in a cherry tomato. However, they're not tough to chew and they add crunchiness to the berry.
Are Gooseberries Good to Eat?
Many people love the tartness and interesting flavors of gooseberries, but they're not for everyone. You may want to try them at least once to get the experience.
Because they're so robust, gooseberries are often added to sauces and sweets the way lemon and lime are. Enjoying the flavor of these fruits might really be a matter of finding the right combination of ingredients in a recipe.
Can You Eat Fresh Gooseberry?
You sure can! Eating raw gooseberries is not really like eating a wedge of super sour lemon. Its tartness is softer and blended with hints of other fruity flavors not found in lemons.
Tossing a few fresh gooseberries on your salad is a good way of adding some zest without overpowering your palate. Alternatively, you can blend gooseberries up in salad dressing.
When Are Gooseberries Ripe?
Summer is the time for gooseberries, particularly around July—it's usually a short season. If you're looking to tell when they're ripest and readiest for eating, you can do the squeeze test.
Pick up a gooseberry and apply very gentle pressure with your fingers. Is it hard? It's probably not ripe yet. Is it very squishy? It may be a little overripe. What you're looking for is a moderate amount of give.
Gooseberry Serving Tips
If fresh gooseberries are too strong, try using them in everything from tea to baked goods. It can be helpful to think of them as fairly interchangeable with tarter citruses and fruits.
This video will show you how to make a lovely herbal tea with rooibos (red bush) tea, grapefruit, gooseberries and mint. Drink it hot or iced. It's fabulous either way.
An excellent way to use gooseberries is in a spicy and sweet Indian condiment called amla (Indian gooseberry) chutney. Serve it with vegan Indian fare, on a sandwich or smothered on toast.
These are all the ingredients you'll need:
- Fresh coriander or cilantro
- Roasted peanuts
- Roasted chickpeas
- Green chillies
- Lemon juice
Here, you'll see a simple way to use gooseberries for the dessert course. Make this gooseberry crumble with plant-based butter to make it vegan and serve with vegan ice cream.
This is the super simple ingredient list:
- Fine sugar
- Vegan butter
- Brown sugar
Gooseberries are like a cross between grapes, tomatoes and lemons. They're very tart with a hint of sweetness, perfect for salads, tangy sauces and sweet-tart desserts. From smoothies, to chutney, to vegan crumbles and pies, there's a whole world of gooseberry recipes to try.