Beginning around the beginning of the sixteenth century, gooseberries were grown in household gardens across Europe, particularly in the low lands. There are others who believe that the fruit’s traditional association with geese is where the term gooseberry came from. One other theory is that it derives from the Dutch word kruisbes, which may be translated as “cross-berry.”
This fascinating fruit may be found growing wild in many parts of the continental United States; however, it is most often farmed in tropical zones such as Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
Gooseberries have a flavor that is best described as a combination of pineapple and strawberry, and they are most well-known for being used in many types of baked goods, including pies, fools, and crumbles. Gooseberry wines, pies, and puddings were all rather popular back in the colonial era. In particular, the English have a strong affinity for gooseberries. They are fortunate in that they have numerous positive effects on one’s health.
It is generally agreed that gooseberries are beneficial to both the liver and the intestines. When they are digested, an alkaline ash is produced, which contributes to maintaining a healthy pH level in the body. Gooseberries are very rich in both potassium and salt and have a high water content. Date sugar is the greatest option for sweetening while cooking them, however honey may be added after cooking if desired.
Pick berries that are firm, dry, and have a deep luster. Select hues with more of a pink or purple undertone if you like less of a sour taste. Keep an eye out for those that have a brilliant golden hue, since the green berries have not yet reached their full maturity. On the other hand, if you want to make pies or jams using gooseberries, you should use the green kind.
The websites www.wikipedia.org, www.health-care-clinic.org, and www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov were used as sources for this article.
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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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