The Q&A Archives: Gooseberry Variety

Question: I am new to gooseberries and would like the name of a variety noted for both hardiness and the sweetness of its fruit.

Answer: There are European and American cultivars, and most people think the European kinds are sweeter and more flavorful than their American counterparts. Gooseberries are hardy to -25F degrees, grow best in full sunshine but will tolerate some afternoon shade, and can live 15-25 years. Try 'Leepared' or 'Whitesmith' for the sweetest fruit, or 'Hinnomaki Yellow' for an unusual, but outstandingly flavorful berry.

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