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Name: Jen
Midwest (Zone 6a)
JenLedger
May 28, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Thank you in advance for your expertise. I want to make 100% sure these are gooseberries before I serve them up in a pie to my family. ( :

If they are gooseberries July is the correct month to pick? I'm in the Midwest.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 28, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Welcome, Jen! Sure looks like a gooseberry to me. I used to have a couple bushes but mostly just let the berries go to the birds - a bit tart for my taste. But in a pie....could be very delicious.
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Frillylily
May 28, 2016 2:55 PM CST
yes gooseberry. Good luck getting them before the birds, mighty try netting them.
I think the time to pick may depend on your weather for the year, things here have been a tad early this spring. From the looks of your photo, you will need to pick them long before July.
I like to take the berries and mix them w some strawberries for a pie. They are quite sour, but I am sure you know that...
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 3:03 PM CST
Jen Welcome! to NGA.
Your photo sure looks like gooseberries to me also. Makes my mouth water just looking at your photo.

I would love to make a gooseberry pie, but the birds eat them even before they are ripe. I will try netting them this year.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 28, 2016 3:09 PM CST
So, if nothing else, a good wildlife plant!
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greene
May 28, 2016 4:46 PM CST
You might try using some bird netting to protect the fruit from becoming dinner for the birds. Thumbs up
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
May 28, 2016 5:01 PM CST
Jen, I don't have any gooseberries myself, so I'm not an expert, but I did a lot of research on gooseberries a year or so ago because I was considering getting some for my garden (before I realized that they, like grapes, are toxic to dogs). Anyway, to me, it *does* look unquestionably like a gooseberry. I'm glad others are confirming it for you, too, though, since I'm not an expert. (Gooseberries seem to be pretty unique-looking, so I doubt it has a poisonous/toxic cousin.)
Name: Jen
Midwest (Zone 6a)
JenLedger
May 28, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Thank you everyone! I will try netting them. We use to make a strawberry gooseberry pie when I was little. It was the perfect combo of tart and sweet. Can't wait to try it out.
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plantmanager
May 28, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Good luck! It sound wonderful. I hope you can protect them well enough to be able to use them for your pie!
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