Gooseberry season: When are gooseberries ripe?

Every summer gooseberry fans are delighted their favourite berries are back on the menu. Known for their tart flavour, gooseberries are a favourite in a range of puddings. Whether it be a fruity crumble or simmered down to make jam, gooseberries are delicious in a range of summery dishes.

When are gooseberries ripe?

Gooseberries aren’t in season all year round and are usually only available between May to September every year.

But if you’re looking for gooseberries at their best, you’re in luck as they are just starting to ripen now.

Gooseberries are usually at their best from late June through to early August.

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“Put the gooseberries and sugar in a pan with a splash of water.

“Heat gently, stirring, then bring to a simmer and cook until the fruit starts to burst.

“Squash the gooseberries with a potato masher or fork until pulpy. Cool then chill until cold in the fridge.

“Put the yoghurt in a bowl and beat with the icing sugar and vanilla until smooth.

“Gently whisk in the cream (it will thicken as you whisk so don’t overdo it).

“Ripple through the gooseberry pulp then spoon into pretty glasses or bowls to serve.”


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