Tuesday, July 22, 2008

sweet tooth?

this is my gooseberry crop, variety something with red in the name, I think it looks like a bowl of glass marbles. they've been simmered down, and I add a can of condensed milk and a tub of double cream. gooseberry fool. yum.

16 comments:

gfid said...

we have eeny weeny wild gooseberries here.... most yum! gooseberry fool sounds like a taste of heaven! i'm on my way to the local U-Pick strawberry field with a friend after work today, to get as many of those as i can before closing time.

wildside said...

Gorgeous!

tlc illustration said...

I'm always a little bit perplexed about how tell when they are perfectly ripe (not over or under..) I also have a pink variety and a green variety (Poorman's. Very sweet). Also a jostaberry -which is a cross between a gooseberry and a black currant.

clairesgarden said...

GF, strawberrys and cream! are the wild gooseberrys sweet? mine are edible on their own but only just.
Wildside, they would have made a nice picture stil on the bush, but forgot to take one before I picked them!
Tara, these are between ripe and half ripe, the riper they get the darker red they go, but they don't all go at the same time and you risk losing a lot of them to birds and they tend to fall on the ground too. the jostaberry sounds interesting.

Matron said...

Would that variety name be something like Hinomaki red? That is just brilliant! I only had about 6 gooseberries on my bush this year but it is just a young one yet! They are just so divine! Hope you enjoyed them.

gfid said...

the wild gooseberries edible... if you like things very tart.

clairesgarden said...

Matron, don't think so, the lable was lost a while ago, I've a green bush as well and it had a good crop last year and almost nothing this year.
GF, just add condensed milk. . . .

Naturegirl said...

I have never tasted these berries!
Condensed milk and double cream sounds decadent!

clairesgarden said...

NG, overindulgence, gooseberrys only ripen once a year!

Dirty Fingernails said...

YUMMY! Do you also grow currants. i love currants and are not easy to find in the SE of the USA.. I also love huckleberries, but never have tasted gooseberries.

clairesgarden said...

DF, yes i had one small handful of currants.. i mixed them with honey and used them on a sandwhich. never had a huckleberry, what are they like??

Vitiligo said...

As for as remember me in my life I never tastse such berrys but now after seeing this post whenever I shall found these I shall taste it.

clairesgarden said...

Vitilgo, take some sugar! the gooseberrys usually need it!

Jim said...

I love this photo Claire, and what a beautiful gooseberry!

Heather said...

mmm I love gooseberries.

not far from us, in the mountains of Washington state are zillions of Huckleberries!! They taste like a very small, very potent blueberry.

clairesgarden said...

Heather, wild berries sound good!