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What’s in Season

Gooseberries are classed as a fruit and are close cousins to the currant family. Gooseberries are in season between May through to August , but at their peak in July. They provide a generous quantity of fibre per serving, and contain essential minerals like potassium. They are also packed with more vitamin A than most berries, essential for healthy vision, brain function and immune response.

Storing
They can be stored for up to three weeks in the fridge. And also freeze well.

Make a Delicious Cocktail

Ingredients

  • Gooseberry fizz
  • 12 gooseberries
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2tbsp elderflower cordial
  • Chilled sparkling wine e.g prosecco for topping

Useful Tip

Tip gooseberries and sugar into a cocktail shaker or large jam jar with a lid. Using the end of a rolling pin, mush the gooseberries and sugar together. Add lemon juice, cordial and 4 ice cubes, pop on the lid and shake well. Strain into glasses and top up with white wine, then stir before serving.

Fun Facts

Have you heard of the old saying ‘born under a gooseberry bush’?

“gooseberry bush” was a 19th century slang for pubic hair!

So- “born under a gooseberry bush” became aa innocuous and humorous way of answering a childs question “where do babies come from”

A gooseberry is often a green colour with light coloured stripes, but it can be red, yellow, purple, black and white, depending on the species and variety, and it usually contains many small edible seeds in the flesh of the fruit

Why Not Make Gooseberry Gin

Ingredients

  • 450g gooseberries
  • 225g sugar
  • 1lt gin

Method

Top and tail the gooseberries and open freeze. To open freeze any berries, simply put the fruit on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, making sure there is space between each berry, and put the tray in the freezer for about 1 hour. Once all the fruit is cold and firm, you can transfer the fruit to a Tupperware box or freezer bag until ready to use (open freezing ensures you can take out as much or as little fruit as you want, without the need for a chisel)

Place the frozen gooseberries (freezing them means you won’t have to prick each berry individually with a sterilised needle) in a large sterilised preserving jar. Leave to defrost

Once the gooseberries have defrosted, add the sugar and top up with gin. Seal the jar and give it a vigorous shake

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