I don't think I like Gooseberries

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I don't think I like Gooseberries

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I used to eat the gooseberries in my Nanny and Granddads garden and I remember liking them. Last year, I decided to plant my own bushes and got some red and yellow hinnonmaki. They grew really well, not as ripe sweet as they could have been but my fruit hasn't done well up here this year. I made some into jam and it was really horrible, it seemed to have great big pips in it, yuk and it was a bit crunchy. Is this normal, or have I got the wrong kind of gooseberries, I suppose it must be over 50 years ago that I actually ate a gooseberry, so now I am thinking of digging them up and giving them away :(

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Re: I don't think I like Gooseberries

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If you’re going to cook with them, look for slightly under ripe – but not rock-hard – berries. For eating raw, choose berries that yield to the touch, and are juicy. You can check before picking can't you?

Have you tried making something like crumble to see if that is as bad as the jam?

Do you think that it's the year that has affected the harvest and next season might be better?

Can you grow and exchange for something else with other neighbours and friends?

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Re: I don't think I like Gooseberries

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I picked them all off the bushes as the blackbirds were starting to eat the red ones, they were all just under ripe, they never actually ripened fully. I will make a crumble and see what happens. Thanks Flo

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Post: # 294259Post Green Aura »

I'm not knowledgable about that particular variety but have got experience of small gooseberries with large pips! I think, in my case, it was too little water ( mine were in pots at the time)in a dryish summer.

My experience of making jam is that the gooseberries went from uncooked to burnt in short order, so I've never tried again. I'm sure with larger quantities of fruit it wouldn't have happened but I was just trying to use what the birds had left us. :lol:
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I wonder if the heat was to blame for that, they never really ripened properly, we went from boiling hot to cold. I had two disasters, I over cooked the jam so it was stiff and pippy and put some in the oven to cook for a crumble and ended up at my gate talking to a neighbour and when I rushed in, it was cremated. I will try again, there's loads in the freezer for endless failed experiments

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Re: I don't think I like Gooseberries

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:lol: Maybe it's gooseberries don't like you DnD

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I had considered that, and if that is the case I will give the ungrateful buggers away

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