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Gooseberries derive their name from their traditional use to make a sauce to accompany goose. The tart flavour of the berry compensates for the natural fattiness of goose meat. Gooseberries are native to Europe and North Africa and have been cultivated for centuries.

Gooseberries are low in energy because they contain very little sugar. Gooseberries have a reasonable dietary fibre content and contain useful amounts of Vitamin C. They are useful as a low calorie fruit dessert for slimmers or diabetics who must limit their intake of sugars. However, because of their bitter taste, they must be sweetened with either sugar or an artificial sweetener in liquid or granule form, added after cooking.


Nutritional Value


Nutrient   Raw Dessert Stewed (No Sugar) Cooking
Energy kJ 170 66
  Kcal 40 16
Protein g 0.7 0.9
Carbohydrate g 9.2 2.5
Fat g 0.3 0.3

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