We grow two gooseberry varieties at Hawkswick – one with the traditional thorns, and one without. Traditional green gooseberries come from the heavy cropping, sweet tasting Invicta. In addition we have the dark red dessert flavoured Pax.
Both varieties are difficult to find in the shops and are wonderful in pies, especially good when made into a compote or, better still, a fool.
Gooseberries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre and Vitamin C.
Gooseberries have a tough skin and are easy to pick by lifting up tip of a branch with one hand and picking off the hanging ripe fruits with the other hand.