The gooseberry is described as having a distinctive flavor all its own, and varies in color from green, yellow and white to various shades of pink, bright red and even black, depending upon the species.
In Europe the gooseberry can grow to the size and shape of a plum, while in the Northern Hemisphere – the US and Canada - it’s much smaller, approximately a half inch in diameter.
While often described as being acidic in flavor, recently hybridized varieties are quite sweet.
For centuries gooseberries have been eaten directly from the vine. But, in the US, supplementing your diet with this highly nutritious fruit may be challenging as they are not readily available in supermarkets.
One study found that catechins, flavonoids found in gooseberries, may assist in fighting the development of chronic diseases and even cancer.
They’re exceptionally rich in dietary fiber, providing in one cup nearly 25% of the daily recommended requirement! According to a report by the Mayo Clinic, diets rich in fiber not only assist in maintaining a healthy bowel system and healthy weight, but may lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes as well.
Gooseberries are abundant in polyphenolic antioxidants and vitamins, and provide a good source of certain minerals as well. The fruit is also a good source for vitamin A, C and B-complex compounds.
Low in calories (66 per cup) and with no fat and cholesterol, gooseberries are also very low in sodium.
Gooseberries offer a range of minerals from iron to potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and manganese, as well as a small amount of calcium. This fruit also provides trace elements selenium, chromium and zinc.
Besides being low in calories, the high fiber content of gooseberries gives one a sense of fullness for longer periods of time, making this an excellent fruit for weight loss.
Best to drink it fresh as soon as possible for best taste and maximum nutritional value.