Riverford Wicked Leeks

Gooseberries 350g

Gooseberries 350g


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Spurred on by memories of his mother’s gooseberry fool and the sad lack of organic fruit grown in the UK, Guy planted an acre of gooseberries at Riverford. This during the closing years of the millennium, when most growers were favouring sweeter, more profitable crops. Happily, twenty years on, the nation is rediscovering our traditional homegrown fruit and veg, building an appetite for stronger, sharper flavours. Who would have believed it, but we now never have enough gooseberries and have planted another acre.

How to store gooseberries

If gooseberries are hard, they will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. If you want them to ripen further, leave them out of the fridge.

How to prepare gooseberries

Gooseberries generally need topping and tailing before you cook them, unless you’re going to sieve them as part of the recipe. Just pinch off the stalk and the little ‘tail’ with your fingers.

Quick tips for gooseberries

Gooseberries are not just for pudding. They make a great sauce to go with mackerel, salmon or pork – the sharpness cuts through the richer flavours perfectly.

But if it’s pudding you’re after, you won’t go wrong with a gooseberry crumble or pie. Gooseberries go particularly well with elderflower – it feels like the ultimate seasonal thing to put a few heads of elderflower in to cook with them. Give the combination a go in our gooseberry and elderflower fool.