Gooseberry pickin’ on this high summer day. Not yet to August but you can see the shift in light, and, I see the flame bushes already have a tinge of rose-promise-of-red coming.These berries are related to currants. Tart, in appearance sort of like small transparent veiny round grapes and with similar seeds, they can be picked when green or purple—when purple they are often already past their prime—and a mix of both, I think, is best for preserving. Their thorns are not for the faint of heart: closer to rose than rasberry for sure. My hands show the afternoon’s work.
From Amy Clampitt’s “Gooseberry Fool”