All questions

I grew up cooking with gooseberries in Ireland. Has anyone managed to buy them here in the States?

Anyone have any resources for gooseberries?
Thank You

asked by Rachel Gaffney almost 2 years ago
22 answers 969 views
57ee2ef9-06f2-499f-b794-7f6e880342d2.tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen
Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 2 years ago

Sorry, by mistake I deleted the answer from Monita, one of our members. She said: I've seen them at Manhattan Fruit in Chelsea Market in NYC. Online you can check sidwainer.com

8f7c3cf2-ee11-4057-a3da-035008936e64.rachel_and_martha
added almost 2 years ago

Thank you I will check them out

84baef1b-1614-4c3d-a895-e859c9d40bd1.chris_in_oslo
Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added almost 2 years ago

You don't say where you are, but yes, I've seen them occasionally in both the East and the West. I've also grown them. They were pretty problem-free.

8f7c3cf2-ee11-4057-a3da-035008936e64.rachel_and_martha
added almost 2 years ago

Thank you. I live in Dallas,so not something I can get here. Looking for resource online to see if I can get them shipped.

48dd002c-4c45-4b84-8006-ac8614d467cd.dsc00859_2
added almost 2 years ago

I've seen them at farmer's markets in NYC; possibly also at Whole Foods Market.

98f394ac-5d53-4b5a-9286-a4b7dc8b08bd.resume_photo
added almost 2 years ago

I have seen them at farmers markets and pick your own fruit farms.

120fa86a-7a24-4cc0-8ee1-a8d1ab14c725.me_in_munich_with_fish
added almost 2 years ago

They're all over the place in the Pacific NW. I've been able to find them at farmer's markets and some supermarkets. However, when I lived in the South, I had never seen a gooseberry, so it might make a big difference where you are.

8f7c3cf2-ee11-4057-a3da-035008936e64.rachel_and_martha
added almost 2 years ago

Yes...they really are a fruit that loves a temperate climate, that's why I'm looking for an online resource... Lucky you

68de587a-1415-4682-863f-6f7a5c5c1744.dsc_0013
added almost 2 years ago

Wild Harvest ships gooseberries, here's the link http://www.nwwildfoods...

8f7c3cf2-ee11-4057-a3da-035008936e64.rachel_and_martha
added almost 2 years ago

Oh my gosh... Thank you thank thank thank you! I'm so happy and grateful to you.

0022585b-ac31-476f-99fb-ddea69bdece6.fb_avatar
added almost 2 years ago

You might want to try growing them. Miller Nursery in Canaandaigua NY sells them and per their catalogue they are OK in your zone 8. I grow them in hot and humid DE with no problem. Just harvested the last of my crop.

8f7c3cf2-ee11-4057-a3da-035008936e64.rachel_and_martha
added almost 2 years ago

Thank you so very much. I really appreciate this a lot. I am doing this for sentimental reasons ! Helps when I get a little homesick from time to time!

8f7c3cf2-ee11-4057-a3da-035008936e64.rachel_and_martha
added almost 2 years ago

Thanks a million. I'm going to try.

C28a1843-48b8-4966-9c91-edb172d44922.photo(7)
Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added almost 2 years ago

i just bought a pint at the greenmarket in nyc! thinking hard about what to do with them... what did you usually do with them in ireland? good luck finding!

8f7c3cf2-ee11-4057-a3da-035008936e64.rachel_and_martha
added almost 2 years ago

Oh gosh, where do I begin ! My grandaunt used to grow them and I used to pick and eat them. Horrible raw ! Bitter. I made gooseberry crumble, gooseberry tart, gooseberry jam, gooseberry & elderflower preserve, gooseberry ice cream and my favorite... Gooseberry Fool. I am getting some sent to make jams and some of the above ! Nice to meet you.

C28a1843-48b8-4966-9c91-edb172d44922.photo(7)
Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added almost 2 years ago

FYI bought more at another greenmarket today... for reference, nyc price is ~$8/quart

C28a1843-48b8-4966-9c91-edb172d44922.photo(7)
Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added almost 2 years ago

just saw your response!! sorry i missed it before i responded again.... those sound fantastic. i think i will try the gooseberry and elderflower preserve. thanks!

F8c5465c-5952-47d4-9558-8116c099e439.dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added almost 2 years ago

I love jeinde's suggestion to grow your own. Where I lived in Northern California they grew wild and abundantly. Friends would harvest them from surrounding low-lying areas verging upon coniferous forests and make jam from them.

Eb515e78-7387-4e72-b91d-acfa26b55b99.default-full
Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

If it's hard to source gooseberries locally or online, fresh currants are often a good substitute, more available.

C0d1f1de-4134-43ba-9510-1d7a8caa31f3.scan0004
added almost 2 years ago

In Dallas, if you have a Whole Foods, ask the produce department if they could order some for you -- you'd probably have to get a flat (like other berries are shipped in). ...Or other grocery or produce stores might help.

Eb515e78-7387-4e72-b91d-acfa26b55b99.default-full
ATL
added almost 2 years ago

They also grow in the Midwest but except for people's gardens, I've only seen them at farmer's markets. A regional favorite in rural areas is gooseberry pie. Be prepared to remove lots and lots of little prickly things.

0adb556a-ee66-4f17-ac5c-8c4cc96805c4.me
Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

added almost 2 years ago

Thought I would throw this into the mix: http://food52.com/blog...

Also, we're seeing them at farmers markets in New York City now!