June 30, 2010

Gooseberries. Not So Much.

I was SO. EXCITED. to have a fruit bush in our backyard when we bought our Holyoke Home! I grew up stuffing giant handfuls of blueberries and raspberries into my mouth during the summer months as a little girl with glasses (providing those around me with a brief respite from THE TALKING). So I was eager to lovingly care for and harvest berries from our very own bush. Our very own bush of gooseberries.

Not so much.

First? The taste.  Gooseberries taste like a cross between a sour grape and a sour blueberry.  They make places pucker you didn't even know you had.

Second? The pain. Gooseberries are a pain in the ass: their floppy fronds flail and collapse onto the bed around them. And they are a pain literally (image courtesy of yougrowgirl.com, image commentary courtesy of Holyoke Home.)
THEN, when you risk bodily injury getting a gooseberry off the bush, are you left with a piece of fruit perfect for eating? NO. You have to pull tiny things off EACH END of EACH BERRY.

Free to good home anyone who is willing to dig it up: One giant gooseberry bush.


  1. Dropping by via SITS. I had a home 'till November in New Orleans with a mulberry tree that draped over my driveway, planted on neighbor's side. Delicious fruit, almost as good as blackberries. But childhood delightful memories failed to recall the mess they leave on cars, driveways and even on the side of my house. C'est la vie.

  2. AnonymousJune 30, 2010

    lol. ok i'll keep that in mind when im nearing a gooseberry bush.

    thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  3. I hear blueberry bushes are way easy and will not inflict pain. Although I would never ty to plant one. I have a black thumb!

  4. I love that you're getting more practical and a lot less romantic about things in your old age. I share your love/hate for things like gooseberry bushes and plants that spread with runners or rhizomes. I may start a line of I Hate Rhizomes, I Hate Runners and I Hate Invasive Plants t-shirts of you're interested.

  5. I'm stopping by for the first time (the seagrass rug girl) and your blog cracks me up. Your writing is just gorgeous and so very funny. But I have to go eat something now because your blog is making me ravenous for some vanilla ice cream with fresh berries. Any kind of berries! Happy summer!


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