Do you know of a berry that kind of looks like a tiny watermelon and tastes like sour grape? It’s the unique gooseberry.
Health Benefits of gooseberry
Gooseberries are low in calories (100 grams contain only about 44 calories), but high in phenolic phytochemicals, especially flavones and anthocyanins. These compounds are known to have benefiting effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
Good source of Vitamin C. Gooseberries contain about 69 percent of the daily value of Vitamin C needed (which is 20 times more than oranges) and they lose none of the Vitamin C in the cooking process, so a gooseberry jam is still a great source of Vitamin C.
Contains antioxidants. Antioxidants in gooseberries slow down the aging process and help your skin glow.
Very nutritious and strengthens immune system. Contain moderate amounts of vitamin A, folates, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5 - for healthy adrenal glands), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and thiamin (vitamin B1).
Gooseberries contain also the minerals calcium (to prevent osteoporosis), magnesium, potassium (to help balance blood pressure and balance acids), copper, phosphorus, and manganese. The iron content maintains good blood circulation and red blood regeneration.
Gooseberries help prevent diabetes by stimulating body’s ability to produce insulin. They have anti-cancer properties, due to the combination of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
It is known for its cough, fever, pain, stress, and diarrhea-suppressing effects.
Gooseberry improves memory and brain health, as well as nervous and cardiovascular systems health.
Gooseberry blooms are suitable for pollination by insects or by wind. Flowers can also self-pollinate as the last resort, due to having both male and female parts.
Gooseberry can produce fruit and survive at least 20 years in the wild and can cope with cold weather down to –35°C.
Records show that cooling properties of the gooseberry fruit were used during the Middle Ages in treatment of fever.
In English, gooseberries are also known as "fayberries", because of the ancient belief that fairies used bushes of gooseberry to hide from danger.
Jostaberry is a hybrid created by interbreeding of gooseberry and blackcurrants.
In the late 18th century gooseberry 'clubs' flourished in the north of England. They held competitions to see who could grow the best flavored and the biggest specimens. This time in history is known as “Gooseberry Craze”. The world record for the largest gooseberry is 50 grams set in 1978.
The berry is so loved in Russia that one of the most famous Russian writers Anton Chekhov dedicated a short story to it, titled “Gooseberries”, in which one of the characters dreams of his ideal country estate - “Not a house, not a romantic spot could he imagine without its gooseberry-bush”.
Looks like the gooseberry lovers are right and gooseberries are as delicious as they are nutritious! Definitely give this unique little berry a try, if you have a chance! /AgroWeb.org