Information on Gooseberries
Gooseberries are a species of Ribes, native to Europe,
northwestern Africa and southwestern Asia. It is one of several
similar species in the subgenus Grossularia; for the other
Although gooseberries are usually placed as a subgenus within Ribes, a few taxonomists treat Grossularia as a separate genus, although hybrids between gooseberry and blackcurrant are possible. The subgenus Grossularia differs somewhat from currants, chiefly in their spiny stems, and in that their flowers grow one to three together on short stems, not in racemes.
Bushes of gooseberries produce an edible fruit and are grown on both a commercial and domestic basis.