Gooseberry Pear Celebration

gooseberriesGooseberries are a rather obscure type of berry here in the U.S., though they can be easily grown in many area of the north. Growing up in Connecticut, my neighbor had gooseberry bushes that she had planted after bringing cuttings back from Germany many years earlier. If your local area is conducive to the growth of gooseberry bushes and growing the bushes is allowed (some plants that are not indigenous may affect the agriculture in the area,) I highly recommend growing them or seeking out someone that has them to score a regular cache of these delicious and versatile berries.

Gooseberries resemble miniature watermelons, though the skin is slightly more transparent and a slightly lighter green.  As some varieties ripen, they will turn a pale pink to a dark red, while others will stay green. The green varieties tend to be tarter, while the redder varieties tend to be sweeter. Gooseberries are very high in vitamin C and vitamin A and would probably be considered a super food if they were more well known. If you cannot find gooseberries to include in this juice, you can substitute raspberries for a slightly different, although still very pleasant, flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gooseberries
  • 1 inch long piece of ginger
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pear

Recipe

  • Rinse all produce thoroughly
  • Peel lime and remove seeds
  • Remove stem from pear
  • Using a masticating juicer, juice all produce. If a masticating juicer is not available, blend all ingredients and strain through a sieve. Due to the seeds ion the gooseberries, a centrifugal juicer will not work well for this recipe
  • Blend all juices together thoroughly and drink immediately for best results
  • Enjoy!
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