Gooseberries: properties and 3 recipes

Gooseberries: properties and 3 recipes

Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, thegooseberry is the fruit of the plant “Ribes Grossulariacee”, Belonging to the genus shores and member of the family of Grossulariaceae. This plant, not known to all, produces fruits similar to grapes, covered with a light hair and characterized by a green color that tends to red, once fully ripe.

Gooseberries are also known by other names. You may find it at the market or supermarket under the name of spinel grapes, crispasea grapes and wild gooseberry or wild.

Gooseberries: flavor

Ma What does gooseberry taste like? And what is so special and different about other fruits?

This particular gift from Mother Nature has a very distinctive taste, frankly not appreciated by everyone.

The spinella grape has in fact a sweet taste and slightly acidic, which can in some ways recall that of an unripe grape.

Optimal flavor is achieved only when the fruit is fully ripe. Moreover, in addition to the unpleasant taste, unripe gooseberries should be avoided because it could cause stomach upset.

For this reason, we recommend that you wait until it is fully ripe before eating it.

Nutritional properties

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In addition to its flavor and characteristics, spinella grape is also known for its nutritional properties and for beneficial effects which seems capable of contributing to our health.

Like many other fruits and berries, spinel grapes are also low in calorie. In fact, in 100 grams they are found only 44 calorie.

The fruit is also an excellent source of fibreof substances antioxidants, vitaminsespecially vitamin A, vitamin C and some vitamins of group B and di minerals.

In particular, each grape brings:

The fruit also represents a surprising source of polyphenolssuch as flavones, tannins and anthocyanins, capable of exerting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

What are gooseberries good for?

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As can be seen simply by observing the nutritional profile, gooseberries can give numerous benefits to our health.

The antioxidant substances contained in it, for example, can help reduce the risk and in some cases the progression of various diseases, such as heart disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, but also diseases related to aging and neurological conditions.

But let’s find out in more detail what the benefits of gooseberries.

Anti-cancer effects

It is believed that a regular consumption of berries, including those of grape spinel, can bring phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds that can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Immunostimulating properties

This fruit, just like many other plant-based foods, is also capable of stimulate the immune defenses and can therefore keep diseases and infections at bay.

Detoxifying effects

The spinella grape is considered a valid ally for purify the body and eliminate heavy metals from the body.

It also benefits the bones

The presence of calcium and other minerals and vitamins makes this fruit a great friend for the health of your bones, keeping the risk of fractures and osteoporosis at bay.

Improve liver health

Regular consumption of grape spinel can support the liver functionshelping – as already seen – to eliminate the toxic substances that accumulate in the body.

Improve blood sugar levels

Gooseberries also help keep blood sugar levels under control, thanks to the presence of fiber, which slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood. This is a great advantage for those with diabetes.

Diuretic effects

It is believed that gooseberry juice, soon we will see how to prepare it, can exercise some diuretic and draining effects. Plus, this fruit also has a high thirst-quenching powerso it will be very useful for fighting thirst, especially in summer.

Improve digestion

This small but extraordinary fruit has also been shown to be beneficial for stomach health, helping to improve bowel functions and digestion.

It’s also good for the line

Finally, the fibers that gooseberry is rich in favor a sense of satiety and improve the digestive functionsthus leading to eating less and in a more balanced and healthy way.

Gooseberries: recipes

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At this point we know all the benefits of this particular fruit, but exactly how to eat gooseberries?

Just like you would any other type of berry, you can add this food to yours fruit saladsor you can enjoy gooseberries with a cup of yogurt and cereals.

Spinella grape, also called “crispa”, will be excellent also in salads, as an accompaniment to main courses of meat and fish. Plus, you can use this fruit to make juices, jams and a tasty chutney. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get straight to the stove.

Gooseberry juice

If you have found somefresh gooseberriesone of the best ways to consume it and reap all the benefits is to turn it into a delicious juice, to drink in the morning to detoxify the body.

To do this, just crush the gooseberries with a meat press, filter it with a colander or colander, in order to remove the skins and seeds. For convenience you could also use a extractor. Then, pour the juice into a glass, add water and sugar to taste, a health-friendly drink is ready.

Gooseberry Chutney

Let’s now prepare a chutney delicious and different from the usual. For the uninitiated, this condiment, made with fruit, spices and vegetables, goes well with both meat and fish dishes. For the preparation of our gooseberry chutney you will need few ingredients and very few steps.


  • Spinella grapes: about one and a half kilograms
  • Red onions: 2 medium sized
  • Mustard seeds: 2 tsp
  • Bay leaf: 2 large leaves
  • A teaspoon of salt
  • Sugar: 650 grams
  • Aceto: 300 ml


The procedure to follow is very fast. Just pour all the ingredients into a large pot, leaving about a third of the gooseberries aside. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved, then cook for another 30 minutes without a lid, stirring so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the remaining grapes to the pot and continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes. After that, the chutney will be ready.

Gooseberry jam

The marmalade it is considered one of the most famous gooseberry recipes ever. Also this time the steps for the preparation are very few. Let’s see how to proceed.


  • Gooseberries: half a kg
  • Sugar: 200 gr.


After washing and cleaning the spinel grape, removing the seeds and the hardest parts, pour it into a saucepan and add the sugar along with about 2 tablespoons of water. Cook over low heat, regularly eliminating the foam that will form on the surface.

If necessary, add more water during cooking. When the jam has thickened, mash it with a vegetable mill with small holes and pass it through a sieve to remove the skins. Then, return it to the stove to finish cooking. When you have obtained the consistency of your choice, transfer the jam to the sterile jars.

Gooseberries: where can you buy it?

You can buy this fruit at the supermarket or at the most well-stocked fruit and vegetable stores. Also, you can buy gooseberry juice in online stores and supermarkets. The price of gooseberries per kg is around 5 euros.


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Before trying your hand at preparing the juice or jam of a crispa, we remind you that, like any other food, also in this case there may be some contraindications that you need to know.

For example, the consumption of this fruit is not recommended for those suffering from diverticulosiswhile it will be necessary to evaluate the risks if you are taking it medications. Ask your doctor for advice to find out if any drug interactions.

Finally, we remind you that the consumption of unripe berries could cause stomach problems, such as gastrointestinal disorders e nauseaso it will be better to eat them when they are fully ripe.

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