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This gooseberry plant is Hinnomaki Red.Click To Enlarge

This gooseberry plant is 'Hinnomaki Red'.

Photo: Mark Schofleld

Even though I spend hours picking the berries I already have, I'm always on the lookout for new ones to grow. So when Mark Schofield, managing editor of Fine Woodworking, mentioned his gooseberry plants, I wanted to know more.

Mark hails from across the pond, and "topped and tailed" might not be in your lexicon, but here's the translation: It refers to removing the stem at one end of the berry and the remains of the flower at the other.

Here's what Mark has to say:

Having only a relatively small area for fruit and vegetables, I wanted to concentrate on produce that was not easily available in supermarkets or even farmer's markets. Gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa) fit the bill perfectly; they take up little space, require almost no maintenance, and yield several pounds of berries per plant. They can be grown in sun or light shade, and in five years I've had no problems with disease.

So why aren't they more popular? Well to start with they aren't picker-friendly with sharp thorns and fruit that hides under the leaves. Secondly, the fruit must be "topped-and-tailed", a fairly time-consuming business but something easily done while watching TV. Lastly, these fruit are definitely sour and require large amounts of sugar. On the other hand they freeze very well, and nothing beats a gooseberry crumble on a cold winter's day.

Some states have restrictions on growing gooseberries because they can host and possibly spread white pine blister rust disease. Contact your local extension office to see if you can grow them.

Sources for gooseberry plants:
Raintree Nursery
Nourse Farms
Miller Nurseries

Learn more about selecting varieties, planting, pruning, harvesting, and managing gooseberry pests and diseases:
How to Grow Great Gooseberries by Lee Reich

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Comments (85)

Rohit Kumar writes: I love it
Posted: 6:04 am on September 15th
ElizabethKirk writes: great job
Posted: 12:53 am on December 3rd
marystoops writes: I love these
Posted: 4:38 am on November 8th
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Posted: 6:08 am on November 4th
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Posted: 12:45 am on November 4th
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Posted: 1:25 am on November 3rd
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Posted: 12:32 am on November 3rd
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Posted: 4:04 am on October 29th
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Posted: 2:17 am on October 28th
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Posted: 12:09 pm on October 24th
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Posted: 5:00 am on October 24th
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Posted: 12:08 am on October 24th
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Posted: 2:25 am on October 22nd
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Posted: 1:27 am on October 22nd
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Posted: 2:42 am on October 10th
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Posted: 1:26 am on October 10th
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Posted: 5:47 am on October 8th
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Posted: 6:17 am on October 5th
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Posted: 2:24 am on October 3rd
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Posted: 3:17 am on September 16th
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Posted: 4:56 am on September 14th
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Posted: 2:08 am on September 13th
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Posted: 5:06 am on September 9th
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Posted: 5:06 am on September 9th
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Posted: 3:10 am on August 20th
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Posted: 1:26 pm on August 10th
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Posted: 12:28 am on August 3rd
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Posted: 4:52 am on August 1st
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Posted: 1:58 am on July 30th
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Posted: 1:40 am on July 16th
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Posted: 8:13 am on July 14th
RobertCormick writes: My fav
Posted: 1:02 pm on July 10th
jacobjohn11 writes: i am trying to do this.
Posted: 12:23 pm on July 7th
FelisaRussell writes: nice work.
Posted: 12:05 pm on July 5th
maxhinesss writes: leaf looking nice
Posted: 3:43 am on July 5th
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Posted: 12:46 am on June 24th
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Posted: 4:39 am on June 13th
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Posted: 1:45 pm on June 9th
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Posted: 5:10 am on June 2nd
Jamesjacob writes: i love these berries
Posted: 12:50 pm on May 26th
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Posted: 5:54 am on May 23rd
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Posted: 12:21 am on May 20th
charlosmarcos writes: i love Gooseberries
Posted: 11:21 am on May 18th
ronitroy writes: I love Gossberries
Posted: 4:19 am on May 13th
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Posted: 12:47 am on May 11th
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Posted: 12:48 pm on May 10th
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Posted: 12:14 pm on May 9th
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Posted: 1:24 am on May 7th
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Posted: 2:11 am on May 3rd
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Posted: 12:45 am on April 29th
joangomez writes: Gooseberries are delicious in taste.
Posted: 12:23 am on April 27th
RoyDSpringer writes: Nice article. Keep sharing these helpful posts!
Posted: 3:20 am on April 25th
GlenPitre writes: i like it

Posted: 5:27 am on March 10th
tpmike writes: very nice!!
Posted: 1:51 am on March 10th
garyjkerr writes: its wonderful
Posted: 4:43 am on February 26th
CarlCFisher writes: Gooseberries!! my favorite..
Posted: 3:23 am on December 2nd
NaomiFowler writes: I luv this berries
Posted: 12:27 am on October 26th
roypierce writes: I love Gooseberries..
Posted: 5:39 am on October 23rd
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Posted: 1:07 am on October 20th
katerobson writes: Great information about gooseberry.
Posted: 7:24 am on October 19th
ajayind writes: nice plant love gooseberry
Posted: 2:33 am on October 16th
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Posted: 5:38 am on October 10th
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Posted: 7:26 am on September 26th
Austin_Ayword writes: nice
Posted: 1:57 am on July 6th
Ashtonjames writes: very nice
Posted: 7:09 am on July 2nd
Anna_Bloom writes: very pretty
Posted: 6:42 am on July 2nd
esteph6 writes: thanks for sharing
Posted: 5:01 am on July 2nd
Brettlii writes: superb
Posted: 2:09 am on June 27th
Lissa53 writes: amazing
Posted: 6:09 am on June 25th
Amymoriya writes: This is awesome
Posted: 3:14 am on May 23rd
SoniaGupt writes: I saw this first time ever .Thanks for sharing this.
Posted: 1:19 am on April 18th
Sandyadkin writes: I like it
Posted: 4:37 am on April 13th
RosieKr writes: Thanks for sharing
Posted: 1:22 am on April 8th
RosieDavis writes: Thanks for sharing
Posted: 3:09 am on March 30th
alfredsmithh writes: Is this gooseberry plant?
Posted: 6:06 am on March 21st
Mack007 writes: its wonderful
Posted: 4:37 am on March 17th
jamiekrover writes: amazing
Posted: 6:42 am on March 12th
johnsonpaul writes: wowwwwww
Posted: 1:01 am on March 11th
mathisken writes: good stuff liked it
Posted: 8:01 am on February 26th
luckysea13 writes: I would like to know if the Logan Berry is a relative to the gooseberries? Please I would like to learn something about this type of berry,so could you do an article on them. Thank You !!!
Posted: 5:01 pm on July 13th
AuntPeg writes: I am growing gooseberries in Nebraska - a variety called PixWell. . .I like the term topped and tailed, and yes, this needs to be done. They seem to grow very well and need little care,

However, I don't find that these are in the least bit sour - very mild tasting, actually. Is it the variety I have that makes them sweeter? Sort of taste like a weak white grape. They turn a lovely blush color.

Also, I thought gooseberries had husks (like tomatillos) - or again, is this a variety difference?

I would love any recipes anyone would like to share.

Posted: 9:41 am on June 6th
jolj writes: I am in zone 7b/8a of midlands of South Carolina. I have a gooseberry bush from HenryFields Nursery.It was planted in March of 2009. It had fruit on it the first spring & again this year. I do have some kind of leaf disease & the leaves fall off in late July.
Posted: 7:25 pm on July 18th
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