Gooseberries are a precocious, large, juicy sweet-tart berry that typically ripen during blueberry season. These are a nice complement to blueberries, most similar to grapes, a bit crunchier, more firm. In a pie gooseberries taste somewhat like rhubarb and mix well with blueberries and other fruits. Most varieties have thorns. Sprawling bush shape. Hardy to zone 3. Still outlawed in some states or counties due to white pine blister rust concerns. The gooseberries in the photos are grown in northern Pennsylvania, ripe mid-July. Variety in photo is mainly Jeanne, with a few darker Hinnomaki.

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