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    I believe that most of the dessert varieties are a red / purple colour. It's the green ones that make your lips curl !
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    I've yet to try the other 3 or 4 bushes - I may be after you for cuttings in the winter, PW, if they are not as good as the ones I had tonight!

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    I shall strike some anyway Hazel.

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    Thank you for asking this question Hazel, as I keep looking at mine and wondering if I should be picking them. This is their first year and they are all in pots. Got three varieties, an early, middle and late. The Invicta look a little small and bullet like and I tried one and thankfully no-one was around - cor it was tart!

    As this is teh first year I assume I won't get much of a harveset, so presumably I'll just let them grow a bit longer yet. I think my late one is a red one.

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    Isn't it funny that one fruit can be so VASTLY different in taste?! Why does anyone grow the sharp green ones?

    Supplementary q - if you make Earthbabe's gooseberry chutney with the sweet desert gooseberries, won't it taste vastly different than if made with the tart ones? And if so, will it taste better or worse?

    Has anyone done chutney with both sorts?

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    The sharp ones make a fantastic gooseberry sauce for oily fish. They also make great pies, crumbles, tarts etc. The bush I inherited has its bulk taken off for cooking but the big ones left for dessert. It works - but you need to get at these before Wendy does (Our tame blackbird!)

    PS - another gooseberry saying - 'It's only the hairs on a gooseberry that stop it from being a grape.' They make brilliant dry white wines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    The sharp ones make a fantastic gooseberry sauce for oily fish.
    Hmm...I do like mackeral! What do you do, just boil 'em up for a bit ... or should I go find a recipe? (Hint!)

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    I was just thinking that my five gooseberries might make a good sauce for the mackerel. I'll not be sharing it though.

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