Chris Ambrose

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Today, I want to bring you the health benefits, the current discussion about the future of these extraordinary gooseberries and special recipes!

Research tells us that the gooseberries are rich in antioxidant polyphenols, vitamins, and other beneficial nutrients. As established in Part 1, the gooseberry can vary in color, flavor, and shape, but they all come with many tiny, edible seeds. However, to get to them, you must first get past the thorns! Believe me, it is worth it for the scrumptious taste of these berries and what you can do with them.

These berries surpass the benefits of oranges, by twenty times providing you with twenty-six percent of the daily recommended source of vitamin C.  They are widely used in Ayurvedic treatments, which is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, developed over 3,000 years ago in India. 

Just to clarify, and so that you understand what this treatment is about, I found the following information to be quite interesting: Next to breathing, eating is our most vital bodily function. To create a healthy body and mind, our food must be nourishing. Ideal nutrition comes from consuming a variety of fresh foods that are appropriately prepared and eaten with awareness. A simple way to make sure that you are getting a balanced diet is to include the six Ayurvedic tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) in each meal. (Amongst those taste are the gooseberries, where the varieties provide many of those taste.) Doing so will ensure that all major food groups and nutrients are represented. When you include all six tastes, you will also notice that you feel satisfied and that the urge to snack and overeat will diminish.

Along with the six tastes, filling your plate with the colors of the rainbow promotes a long and healthy life. You can literally ingest the information of the universe into your biology. Foods that are deep blue, purple, red, green, or orange are leaders in antioxidants and contain many nutrients that boost immunity and enhance health. My source: (

I found in researching these berries, that they are a source for health which was and is a very important step in my re-entry into the world as a single man trying to start over. It is also why I wanted to show you the benefits of healthy foods. My son, Simon, was determined to save my life anyway he could and why I studied a bit about nutrition to understand the importance it plays in the total body makeover and my future existence. These berries are low in calorie, fat, a great source for Vitamin A, while also being cholesterol-free and full of other fine nutrients such as manganese calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, vitamin B complex and dietary fiber.

I do strongly recommend these berries but while they are not available fresh all year, the canned source is good for a substitution as a references quoted from the Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory. In fact, these berries provide remedies for a lot of diseases. The berries have two compounds-Flavones and anthocyanin, which studies have found for numerous health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases. They are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, with the fiber providing 26% of the daily recommended value, while having the ability to prevent colon cancer and beneficial for heart disease. 

Gooseberry juice is also said to improve skin tone, prevent and restore hair loss, and rejuvenate the body for a general feeling of well being. 

However, consume gooseberries in moderation because they contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts. They also may have anti-cancer properties, as well as benefits for cough, fever, pain, stress and diarrhea, having suppressing effects. To gain these health benefits of gooseberries, the discussions surround the many ways to make this sour berry more palatable.

Sadly this incredible fruit is in threat of becoming distinct. The British Telegraph reports the death of the gooseberry is serious. The death of the British gooseberry is nigh – Telegraph They report: The first farms began growing the fruit in the 1600s when there were 2,000 different varieties in the UK. There are now just 20 varieties of gooseberry grown in this country, and only seven are cultivated by commercial farms.

According to Stephen Taylor, one of the last commercial gooseberry farmers in the country, the gooseberry is in danger of completely disappearing.

In short, the gooseberry is disappearing from the marketplace because it is not practical for the farmer or the grocer due to the short season it is available and the crop size merchants are willing to commit to selling. The sad side of it, is that these berries are not only a benefit for many medical problems but they tase so good when used in varying recipes. Losing a crop of any size that has so many life saving properties is a loss for all mankind.

Come on and try these recipes, buy gooseberries in your markets and order the jams and desserts from Amazon or anywhere it is sold, so together perhaps, we can put an end to the demise of a lifesaving natural food, capable of saving lives!

Here are a few recipes just for you: 

The Gooseberry Fool is a traditional English recipe 

Gooseberry gooz-bear-ree The size of large grapes, but with a more spherical shape. They are not easy to find and can be substituted with raspberries or plums.

  • 3 tbsp caster sugar (a fine form of granulated sugar)
  • 200g Greek yogurt (7 ounces)
  • 1-2 tbsp icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml double cream (7 ounces) Double cream is mostly found in the UK. It is a high fat content cream good for whipping. In the US, heart cream can be substituted using the same amount.

***Recipe from, June 2012 Posted here in gratitude


  • 1.Put the gooseberries and sugar in a pan with a splash of water. Heat gently, stirring, then bring to a simmer and cook until the fruit starts to burst. Squash the gooseberries with a potato masher or fork until pulpy. Cool then chill until cold in the fridge.
  • 2.Put the yogurt in a bowl and beat with the icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gently whisk in the cream (it will thicken as you whisk so don’t overdo it). Ripple through the gooseberry pulp then spoon into pretty glasses or bowls to serve.

Gooseberry fool recipe | BBC Good Food


Sweet Gooseberry Sauce

For use on pork chops, turkey, veal or any specialty steak type cuts of meats


For a sweet gooseberry sauce, top and tail green gooseberries before tossing them into the pan. Add sugar, to taste, and just a splash of water to prevent the fruit from burning. Cover and cook for a few minutes. Once the juices begin to bubble, uncover and cook until the fruit has broken down. In a rainy season, gooseberries exude more liquid than usual, so you may have to boil them down well if you want to make that classic June dish, gooseberry fool. Cool the cooked gooseberries, then fold into thick custard mixed with lightly whipped cream.

Can’t find gooseberries? Try this recipe using blueberries! (My own suggestion and a very healthy source for anti-oxidants)

This Recipe Courtesy of


In a hurry for a fast and easy dessert but want that sweet unusual touch?

Here are a few ideas that will make a chef cringe but your guest will be stunned at it’s simplicity, that is, if you admit how you have created their dessert!

Quick and Easy Gooseberry Jam Dessert

Desperate for time:Then try another shortcut:

Jello brand makes an easy cheesecake mix and topped off with Gooseberry Jam and fresh whipped cream-it’s a win!

You would need: 

  • 1-Large Box of Vanilla Pudding Mix, if you must-(But, I prefer to make my own vanilla pudding, which is not difficult.
  • My friends in the US buy Gooseberry products on Amazon). So, if taking the shortcuts, this is what you will need:
  • 1 Jar of Gooseberry Jam
  • 1 Package of Graham Crackers-crumbled fine
  • 4 Parfait style Ice Cream dishes

Follow the pudding box recipe or use the vanilla pudding recipe from Nabisco or whatever you choose.

After pudding has set up, layer crumbled graham crackers, then pudding, then again the crackers topping with the gooseberry jam.

All in all, I hate to think about the sad loss we face without the commodity of Gooseberries, due to its short growing season and economics, but also because of the human health aspect of enjoyment and enrichment.

I do hope you have enjoyed my story and history of this berry which has been around since the 1600’s but it’s time to move on!

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Until We Meet Again!,


Chris Ambrose, Author 

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