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Gooseberries--a Low-Carb Fruit

Amish Red gooseberries from my garden.

First, the tiny gooseberry plants that arrived in the mail were too small to bear fruit. Then the neighbors' lawn guy cut them down while mowing drunk in the dark. But finally, after putting some bricks around them (and not doing much else), I have a crop of tasty gooseberries. 

Gooseberries are juicy, a little tart, and they last longer than other berries. They're like seedless grapes but less sweet with only about 7 grams of net carbohydrate per cup, 42 mg of vitamin C and 297 mg of potassium.

If you've never heard of them, you're not alone (and you're probably not English). Gooseberry bushes were banned in the United States for a long time because they were a host plant for a disease that killed white pines. They're still banned in some places. But they're allowed where I live (we don't have many pines in Indiana) and they've grown like champs on the north side of my house. 

Comments

Yes, Gooseberries are a low carb fruit and are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, Potassium and Magnesium. In the UK these tangy berries are only available for a short time.
Green, are the early season gooseberries and have a tart flavour and are usually used for cooking, while later, red-tinged fruits are sweeter and milder.

I can remember growing up my dear mum used to made wonderful gooseberry pies and crumbles ...

All the best Jan
Lori Miller said…
I've never had a gooseberry dessert. I should try making one.

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