Gooseberry Harvesting - Knowledgebase Question

Beacon, NY
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Question by 4443
June 14, 1999
This is our first summer in our new house, and there is what I have figured out is a gooseberry bush growing on the south side. Full sun, so-so soil. My Question is, "When do I harvest the fruit?" They are bright green (do they stay green?) and the sizes range from half inch diameter to 3/4 inch in diameter.

Answer from NGA
June 14, 1999
Gooseberries come in all sizes and colors including golden yellow, green, orange, pink, red, and purple, and some cultivars ripen earlier than others. Most gooseberries ripen over a 2-3 week period, so bushes should be picked over every few days to harvest only the ripest berries. Early cultivars usually ripen in June, late cultivars ripen mid-July through late August. Only experience can tell you when your gooseberries are ready for harvest. Bright green probably means immature; they should feel firm but not rock hard, and the color, if they remain green should be pale, not bright. Sample a few berries beginning now and keep sampling until you find ripe berries. Then note on the calendar when to harvest next year. Enjoy your gooseberries!

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