Gooseberry (Ribes grossularia or Ribes uva-crispa)
Gooseberry is native to the temperate zones of Europe and Asia. The colour of the berries is usually green, but there are red and purple variants as well. In the Middle Ages the fruit was held in high esteem for the cooling properties of its juice in fevers. Gooseberry is often used as an ingredient in desserts and beverages, it can be preserved in the form of jam, dried fruit, or wine.
Gooseberries are low in calories, they are a good source of vitamin C and other essential vitamins such as B1, B5, B6 and vitamin A. Gooseberry is a mild laxative.
The berries also contain a significant amount of flavones and minerals, e.g. copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium.