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    Default Help with gooseberry varieties?

    When I was little, my Granny had about 10 or 12 really big gooseberry bushes. They had quite small green fruits and were tart rather than sweet. They were quite hairy too. They must have been planted in the 1960s at the very earliest and possibly a long time before. I absolutely loved them and would really like to try growing some.

    Does anyone know what variety they might have been?

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    Gooseberry Cultivars

    Has a pictures of many types were they cooking or desert ?

    Maybe careless ?

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    Must be a story behind a gooseberry called Dan's Mistake?
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    Seahorse,

    The recommended mildew resistant type (from my book) are:
    Captivator
    Greenfinch
    Hinnonmaki Gul/ Hinnonmaki Keltainen
    Hinnonmaki Rod / Lepaan Punainen
    Invicta
    Josselyn
    Lepac
    Martlet
    Mucurines
    Pax
    Pixwell
    Spinefree
    Worcester
    Rochus
    Reflamba
    Remarka
    Reverta
    Rixanta
    Rokula
    Rolanda.
    Remarka, Rolanda & Invicta produce the biggest berries.
    But I have no idea about the colour/growing habit nor any other info. Do some google search base on their cultivar names and hopefully you can get them in Uk too. I love them, they are yummyyyy but watch out for the birds, they love it too

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    I really wish I could go to a gooseberry tasting! I can narrow it down from the pics in slg's post (assuming it is one of those of course) but beyond that, I can only think I'd need to taste them to be sure

    I'll do some further research, although sadly, Googling 'gooseberry, small, hairy, dark green, pre 1960' yields no useful info!

    Tahnks for all the advice so far folks.

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    That what we did Sea Horse, we went to the Garden Centre and tasted it ( with the permision from the keeper) and then bought 7 green bushes and 7 red bushes and until now I don't know their cultivar name, but they are meldew resistant.
    Hope you can tested yours first before buying, good luck...

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    Default Try this

    This supplier has loads of types of gooseberries

    Rougham Hall Nurseries - Gooseberry Availability

    Why don't you a) look for all that meet that criteria b) then use this link

    Gooseberry Cultivars

    To look at the picture.

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    A lot of older non mildew resistant varieties are now very difficult to obtain and to be honest,

    I heartily recommend the hannonmiki red and green (the red is sweeter), invicta and pax. The pax has the added benefit of being spineless.
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