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Grossulariaceae, Saxifragaceae Ribes uva-crispa L., R. hirtellum Michx.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Most American varieties of gooseberry are hybrids of the above two species, one American and one European. Plants are small, deciduous, woody shrubs, up to 4 to 5 feet in height, with prominent thorns at the nodes. They are very hardy to cold. The fruits are produced along the stems singly or in small groups of 2 to 4. Fruits generally are near globose, with dried flower parts adhering to maturity. Fruit surface is somewhat pubescent, green to red in color. The pulp encloses several small seeds. Fruit size is 0.5 to near 1 inch diameter. Flavor is generally tart.

Season, bloom to maturity: 60 to 80 days.

Production in U.S.: No data. Estimate 1,500 tons.

Use: Frozen, canned for culinary.

Part of fruit consumed : All.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch