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Q.When Do Gooseberries Ripen?

Anonymous added on August 18, 2011 | Answered

I need to know in what month gooseberries ripen in northern Indiana. I’m writing a book set in the early 1900s and I want the cook to make a gooseberry pie, but the time is early July and I don’t know if they’d be ripe yet. If it matters, the summer has been extremely hot, after an extremely cold winter.

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Answered on August 19, 2011

The gooseberry bushes are one of the few bushes growing berries that are harvested just before peak ripeness. Most are picked when they are green just before turning reddish-brown, which is when they become completely ripe. Normally harvesting occurs between July and August.

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