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Wild Gooseberry

Edible Edible Summer Summer

It is difficult to know if Gooseberries found in the wild are wild or feral as they were cultivated alot in the UK in years gone by.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Wild Gooseberry
Scientific Name Ribes uva-crispa
Season Start Jun
Season End Aug
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Rounded 3 to 5 lobed green leaves.

Flowers

Pale green to cream bell shaped flowers appearing singley or in pairs.

Fruit

The fruit can be green, yellow, red or purple usually with hairs.

Stem

Woody and covered in sharp spines.

Habitat

Hedgerows, mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

With fruit on the plant it is hard to confuse with anything else.

Taste

The seeds and flesh are sweet and the skin is quite sharp tasting.

Frequency

Fairly common.

Collecting

The berries should be collected carefully due to the sharp spines on the stems.

Other Facts

Can make quite an impenitrable hedge.
The scientific name uva-crispa means curved grape.

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