Monday, February 22, 2010
Duck Duck GOOSEBERRY
While walking through the grocery store the other day, a new fruit caught my eye. It looked like a grape, but it wasn't a grape. I checked out the label on the package and saw it was a gooseberry? I had to buy them as I had never had a fresh gooseberry. And try them I did!
Apparently gooseberries grow abundantly in the San Francisco Bay Area and yet I had never tried them before? According to the California Rare Fruit Growers, "Gooseberries grow best in summer humid, cool regions with great winter chilling. In California they are fairly productive in the coolest parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, the outer Coast Ranges and coastal northern California. They are probably not worth trying in southern California. except at high elevations. With proper attention gooseberries can be grown in containers. "
Seeing it is winter, my gooseberries came from our neighbor to the South. I normally buy local produce but I didn't realize these were even grown locally! I am planning on looking for some locally grown gooseberries during the proper season.
So am I saying I liked them? They were surprisingly tart which caught me off guard. However, I boiled some water, added some sugar and dissolved it. Then I added the gooseberries to make a delightful sauce that was fabulous mixed in with my yogurt and ice cream. It was delightful!
One cup of gooseberries has 66 calories and 6 grams of fiber.
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