Posted by: hearttohearthcookery | April 5, 2013

The Besmirched Gooseberry

Preserved Gooseberries

Preserved Gooseberries

The gooseberries pictured were preserved in June with the receipt (recipe)-To preserve Gooseberries whole without stoning.  The gooseberry contains multiple seeds (stones).  These gooseberries were a light green in color when harvested with a taste that was slightly sour. Cultivated gooseberries (a member of the genus Ribes) were introduced to America in the 17th century.  In the beginning of the 20th century, the Ribes species were implicated in the spread of the white pine blister rust which led to the creation of a Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC)  to eradicate this wonderful fruit.

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