The gooseberry is thought to be native to Asia, northwestern Africa, India and Europe. This fruit is a member of the family Grossulariaceae, and is a relative of the blackcurrant. 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. 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 of 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.
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Apple
- 1 cup Gooseberries
- 1 slice fresh Ginger
- For a wonderful smoothie add your favorite milk such as Almond, Oat, Coconut or dairy.
- For extra nutrition add 2-3 leaves of your favorite green such as Baby Spinach, Collards, Beet or even Wheatgrass, plus a few of your favorite nuts and seeds.
Combine in a blender and blend until desired smoothness. It is best to drink it fresh as soon as possible for best taste and maximum nutritional value.