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Plant Information

Scientific Name: Ribes uva-crispa
Alternative Names: English Gooseberry

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  • Perennial
  • European Goosebery is a flowering shrub in the currant family and native to Europe, the Caucasus and northern Africa.
  • It is a hardy, deciduous spiny shrub that can grow up to 1m tall.
  • European Goosebery produces clusters of pinkish-yellow flowers and unusual, bristly fruits that look like small, furry grapes.
  • This plant is not frost tender and self-fertile.
  • It prefers sun or semi-shade and moist, well-drained soil.
  • Suitable for coastal conditions.

Culinary Uses

  • European Goosebery can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • When the fruit is picked when under-ripe (green) and very firm, it has a very tart flavour - then it is mainly used in making pies, jams etc.
  • When the fruit is allowed to remain on the plant until it is fully ripe and soft (red-pink) it becomes quite sweet and is delicious for eating out of hand.

Parts Used

  • The edable fruit.
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