Gooseberries are easy to grow and by growing your own you can choose some of the dessert varieties which are much sweeter and can be eaten raw.

They are very thorny plants.

The fruit can be either green, red or yellow.


  • They require an open sunny site but will tolerate a little shade.
  • Plant 1.5m/5ft apart between autumn and spring.
  • Dig in planty of organic matter.
  • Mulch in spring.


  • They can be grown as bushes, cordons or standards.
  • Keep the centre of the bush open to allow air to circulate and for ease of picking.


  • Start to harvest the fruit before it is ripe for cooking or freezing.
  • To eat raw wait until fully ripe.
  • Can be frozen, preserved, made in to jam or bottled.

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