Saturday, August 4, 2007

Plant gooseberries! (please)

In 2002 I went to Sweden for a plant conference and the friends I stayed with asked me to go out to the backyard and pick some gooseberries for a pie. I had no idea how thorny gooseberry bushes are (very!) but after tasting that pie I realized every prick from every thorn was worth it. And it was probably the easiest pie I've ever made: throw the berries in a crust, pour over a little flour and sugar, a few dots of butter, add a top crust (or not) and voila!

I've never forgotten how delicious it was. Which is why when a friend in my Master Gardener class said he had a gooseberry that had put out some suckers (young plants sprouting from the roots of the parent plant) I jumped at his offer to share! I planted the suckers last spring, and got a crop that very first year. This year the bounty has tripled or quadrupled.

Here are a few wonderful things about gooseberries:
1) beautiful to look at
2) delicious
3) grow in light shade (most fruits and vegetables need full sun)
4) good in containers (mine's in a half whiskey barrel)
5) deer don't eat them
6) unusual

So tomorrow I'm going to make gooseberry pie. It's truly seasonal, truly local, and what could be better than that?

4 Comments:

At August 5, 2007 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Leda said...

This definitely makes me want to add gooseberry to my garden! My red currants do well for me, and since their requirements are similar I imagine gooseberry would, too.

 
At August 6, 2007 at 1:39 PM , Blogger molly said...

you know, el, you highlight nature better than anyone i've ever met.

 
At August 7, 2007 at 8:30 PM , Blogger Christina said...

those gooseberries are so nice looking!

 
At August 15, 2007 at 6:54 PM , Blogger snowybramble said...

Hey Ellen
I'm in the south of New Zealand (South Pacific)where we grow a lot of gooseberries. Curiously enough, despite the thorns, my dog eats gooseberries from the bush! We also grow Wostershire berries, a cross between gooseberries and black currants - deliscious plus! The birds murder them though. I specialise in apples. If you would like to take a look I blog at:
http://snowybramble.blogspot.com/
Cheers

 

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