Calories in gooseberries
A half cup of gooseberries weighing 75 grams will have 35 calories in it ( CDC).
There are 8 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
Protein and fat are both less than 1 gram each.
The vitamin and mineral nutritional content is low, but there is 35% of daily value for Vitamin C.
Ripe makes a difference
If you are picking a gooseberry, you can pick green ones for baking pies or making jams.
Otherwise, select ones that are becoming ripe and turning pink.
If they have already turned purple, you can still use them for purees.
In all cases, remove the outer husk before using.
When ripe, the flavor is like a mixture of pineapple and strawberry.
Making a comeback
While grown throughout the world, this fruit was very popular in England prior to the 20th century, and most recipes use the larger European berry.
Named European varieties include Early Sulphur, Whitesmith, Careless, Whinham's Industry, Telegraph, and Hinnonmakis Yellow.
People use the berry in pies, jams, "fools" made with stewed fruit and cream, tarts, baked desserts, and to make wine.
Modern usage has increased, and people are adding them to fruit salads, bowls of berries, smoothies, teas, and even flavored waters.
When you can't find fresh ones, canned ones should be available.
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