Gracious!! Gooseberries are difficult to pick since the bushes are loaded with thorns. But it's well worth toiling for their tangy sweetness. I was fortunate enough to be invited to harvest gorgeous gooseberries of three different varieties!
BELOW: The darkest variety is actually a cross between currant and gooseberry, they are in the front box. Their flavor is mature and slightly smoky, reminding me of Merlot wine. I plan to juice these berries and create a jelly with some Merlot added to accentuate that flavor.
In the farthest-away box shown above is the middle color that I picked, a sunny-tasting tangy red gooseberry. Really delicious. I hope to preserve them separately from the darker variety, to enjoy their midrange sweetness by itself.
BELOW: The classic green gooseberry. These are perfect for eating fresh. They have a tangy but sweet and slightly grassy flavor, capturing the essence of the hot summer sun perfectly. We ate a lot of these fresh right away. Then I froze the rest in a light syrup to use later, probably mixed with rhubarb in a pie!! So delicious.
BELOW: Another shot of the dark current-gooseberry hybrid variety. Can't wait to report back later on the Merlot jelly project!!