These small translucent berries vary in shape, colour and taste. Bursting with an array of nutrients (including vitamins A, B1,B5,B6, and the minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron) gooseberries possess a range of health promoting properties.
The gooseberry is an excellent source of vitamin C (thought to be around 20 times the amount found in oranges!) This, along with its antibacterial properties can aid the prevention of colds and fevers and provide general immune support.
Gooseberries may be effective in reducing the risk of diabetes. They contain chromium, magnesium and vitamins B1 and B6; all significant in the role of blood sugar management. It is also thought that the berries may be useful in stimulating insulin production.
Furthermore, these special berries may promote kidney and bladder health. Gooseberries act as a mild diuretic by increasing the regularity and quantity of urination. Consequently, this will promote the elimination of toxins from the body.
Most notably, gooseberries contain high levels of antioxidants including a range of flavones and anthocyanins. These are important for the prevention and repair of free radicals. Research published this year, revealed that the gooseberry’s antioxidant properties could be effective in preventing the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Gooseberries are surprisingly versatile; juice, jams, jelly, sauces, chutneys, muffins, and ice cream to name but a few end uses! The tart berries work particularly well with meat, poultry and fish dishes. The sweet ones can of course be enjoyed just as they are.