Gorgeous gooseberries – why to grab some while you can!
Gooseberries are in season. Whether yellow, green, white or red, the earliest crops are the sharpest in taste, the later more purplish ones being sweeter. When it comes to cooking, all can offer a piquant flavour to fish, chicken and game dishes. Great for jam and jelly making, as well as perfect for muffins and pies, anyone enjoying a hint of tartness love them ‘au naturel’.
Why to try them
Like most fruits, they are a good source of vitamin C, which can aid in maintaining healthy bones, muscles, cartilage and blood vessels, as well as containing vitamin A and potassium. Rich in fibre, important in helping in the prevention of colon cancer and heart disease as well as feeding our ‘friendly’ bacteria, it is said that gooseberries may help strengthen the heart muscle, slow aging, protect the eyes and improve skin texture. However, more research is required to fully back up these theories.
Who would have thought these little berries could pack such a nutritious array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant polyphenolics? With their hairy little skins, they are also very cute! Give a punnet a try.
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