Gooseberries were cultivated in home gardens in the low countries of Europe from the beginning of the sixteenth century. Some people say that the origin of the name gooseberry comes from its usual pairing with goose. Another belief is that it stems from the Dutch kruisbes, meaning “cross-berry.”
Though this intriguing berry grows wild in many locations throughout the continental United States, it is generally cultivated in tropical zones such as Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
Gooseberries taste of a sweet and tangy mixture of pineapple and strawberry and are best known for their use in desserts such as pies, fools, and crumbles. The English in particular have a passion for them and gooseberry wines, pies, and puddings were popular in colonial days. Fortunately, they possess many health benefits.
Gooseberries are considered to be good for the liver and intestinal tract. They develop an alkaline ash when digested, lending to a balance in the body’s pH levels. Gooseberries are watery and have a high potassium and sodium content. When cooking them, date sugar is best for sweetening or honey can be added after cooking.
Choose dry, hard berries with a rich sheen. If you are looking for less tartness, choose pink or purple tones. Look for those with a bright golden color, as the green berries are not yet ripe. However, you can choose green gooseberries for use in pies and jams.
Source: www.wikipedia.org, www.health-care-clinic.org, www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov
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Vitamin C Cocktail – Pineapple, Strawberries and Various Berries
1 pineapple, peeled and roughly chopped
150 ml strawberries, hulled
150 ml gooseberries or 150 ml blueberries or 250 ml raspberries, to serve
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
1. Blend the pineapple chunks and strawberries until smooth and creamy.
2. Put your choice of berries in a tall glass.
3. Pour the smoothie over the berries and serve.
Fruit Chaat ( Indian Fruit Salad )
For the chaat (salad)
• 1 cup papaya, diced
• 3/4 cup pineapple, diced
• 1 cup apple, diced
• 1/2 cup banana, diced
• 4 -5 gooseberries, cut into2 halves each (optional)
• 1/4 cup black and green grape
• 1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
• 10 -12 cherry tomatoes, cut into 2 halves
• 1/2 cup boiled potatoes, diced
• 1/2 cup crimson yam or potato, boiled and diced (optional)
• 2 green chilies, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
For the seasoning
• 1 tablespoon green chutney
• 1 tablespoon tamarind chutney
• 1/4 teaspoon black salt (available in Indian grocery stores)
• 1/2 teaspoon roasted ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon chat masala (available in Indian grocery stores)
• 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/2 lemon, juice of
• 3 sprigs mint leaves
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
1. Combine all the chaat (salad) ingredients in a bowl and toss well with the seasoning.
2. Serve immediately.
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