Gooseberry

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Scientific name: Gooseberry

Family: Grossulariaceae

Genus: Ribes

Type: Uva crispa -/Goosberry

General Description

It is a bushy plant with good root system. It can be planted in a pot. The gooseberry belongs to the group of forest fruits namely currants.

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Health Benefits

Contains antioxidants.

Contains phenols.

Has antioxidant and antitumor activity.

Cultivation Techniques

It is a deciduous shrub, reaching a height of about 80 to 1.50 m. It can be easily cultivated and the planting is done in 50-60 cm depth. It has no special needs and grows best in cool climates and not in drylands. The optimum soil pH is 6 to 6.9. Fruiting starts from July and the fruit (berry) is oval, soft and larger than currant. It has very pleasant sour sweet taste. The color can be green, yellow or red. The branches have sharp thorns and flowers are bell-shaped produced singly or in pairs. They bloom in central Europe in April and May. The fruit is consumed fresh (but needs to be cleaned because the casing is indigestible) and it can be used also in baking. The harvest of gooseberry starts from July to August, when the fruit is getting its color, depending on the variety. The yield reaches 500-1,000 kilos per acre.

 

 

Varieties:

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Green Gooseberry

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Red Gooseberry

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Yellow Gooseberry

• Achilles: violet – red with red fruit, medium- thick crust, easy harvest, high production, highly susceptible to powdery mildew and mildew. Medium sized thorns.
• Green Globe: large oval fruit with green thick and hard crust. It has an intense aroma and sour taste and high production. Very susceptible to mildew.
• Invicta: green, oval-shaped medium- sized fruit with a thick rind soft Agathaki small, high production, easy harvesting and resistant to mildew .
• Lepa: yellow fruit with late maturing and resistant to mildew.
• Pax: red fruit, slightly hairy, resistant to mildew.
• Rokuca: red fruit, with early maturing and resistant to mildew .
• Xenia: bright red, large fruit, moderately prone to mildew, weak growth.

Ornamental Gooseberry

The gooseberry is used also as an ornamental plant. The plants can be used as natural dividers of garden areas . During harvesting time, gooseberries are delightful sight in the area. Garden designers are rediscovering the ornamental value of gooseberries. The gooseberry bush is more productive compared with the corresponding tree cultivations .