Gooseberries are a type of berry that are related to currants. They’re fairly high in sugar and low in fat and protein, but they boast an impressive amount of vitamin C. They also contain some B vitamins and manganese, but nothing worth writing home about. Gooseberries harvested early on tend to have less sugar and taste somewhat tart, so they’re good for making pies, desserts, jams, and dried fruit.
Gooseberries originated in Europe and western Asia been found everywhere from England to India. As a result, it’s no wonder they have a long history in the cuisines of those parts of the world.
Gooseberries vs. Cape Gooseberries
In America, on the other hand, the Cape Gooseberries (which aren’t even remotely related to gooseberries) have somehow become known as gooseberries. If you live in the U.S. and you happen to see a fruit labeled “gooseberry”, it’s probably a Cape Gooseberry.
According to Mark Sisson, berries (including gooseberries) can be included as part of the perfect food combination.