[NAFEX] Gooseberries

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Wed May 13 22:24:29 EDT 2009



There may be a couple that will survive the heat with afternoon shade, but they may not fruit from lack of chill hours. Most Ribes have very high chill requirements. 



Hal 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Moore" <aleguy33 at yahoo.com> 
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 9:15:05 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central 
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Gooseberries 



I know this is a stupid question, but I've been a gooseberry lover since I picked them wild in the North Woods as a kid. Are there any varieties that will survive a Gulf Coast Zone 9 summer? 




From: John S <swim_at_svc at yahoo.com> 
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:03:20 PM 
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Gooseberries 

Jim, My experience with Tixia is disappointing.  While the berries are large (easily 1"), they are also sour.  They also fall off for me before they ripen, making them a frustrating experience.  Given your tendency to pick your gooseberries pre-ripe, they may be of advantage due to their size but I think they are a poor table gooseberry.  If bugs are a major problem for your "Poorman", then screen it and let them ripen.  You should be pleased with the ripe berry taste.  Gooseberries fruit size can be significantly affected by the number of berries allowed to mature.  If yours are tiny, thinning may help.. 

Hinnomaki Red is excellent but similar to Poorman in taste and sweetness and among my favorites.  I find they ripen at slightly different times.  Pixwell is a poor comparison and not worth growing unless you use the fruit for cooking.  Poorman produces average size berries here.  If yours produced tiny berries, then perhaps you had incorrectly ID's plants or something else was wrong. 

John 



--- On Wed, 5/13/09, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote: 



From: Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> 
Subject: [NAFEX] Gooseberries 
To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> 
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 9:45 AM 


    I bought some Tixia Gooseberries from Jung because were are advertised 
as "New."  Do you know anything about them? 

    I had bought some "Poorman" Gooseberries because they were advertised as 
huge but they turned out to be the tiniest I have ever seen.  I grubbed them 
out.  I also have Pixwell which look exactly like my Hinnokan Reds.  I pick 
everything when 50% of them exhibit their first glimmer of red color 
because, if I wait any longer, the bugs start hollowing them out. 

Jim Fruth 
Brambleberry Farm 
Pequot Lakes, MN  56472 
For jams, jellies, syrups and more: 
www.jellygal.com 
1-877-265-6856 (Toll Free) 
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