Gooseberries are the earliest ripening of the
soft fruits and according to taste can be
harvested from mid June until late July.
The culinary varieties are normally picked
first to obtain the characteristic sharp taste.
Dessert varieties nowadays tend to be red
and are picked as soon as they have developed
Gooseberries have a tough skin and are easy
to pick by simply holding the berry firmly,
and breaking the stalk with a sharp pull.
Older varieties of Gooseberry have been
plagued by mildew disease which is harmless
to the consumer, but spoils the appearance
of the fruit. The old culinary variety
Careless suffered from this, and the dessert
variety Whinham's Industry was almost
impossible to grow in a wet year.
The new green variety Invicta and the red
varieties Rokula and Pax, are resistant to
this annoying disease, and you can expect
to see them widely planted.