English farms began cultivating the gooseberry in the 1600s when there were 2,000 varieties. Now, just seven are grown commercially the number grown organically is far lower.
The green fruit, which had its heyday in the early 1900s, is now grown by just a handful of UK farms, down from more than 100 in 1990 .
Many varieties of British gooseberry were destroyed by a disease known as American Gooseberry Mildew, which was spread when infected American gooseberries were imported at the beginning of the 20th century.
Support organic growing of Gooseberries. They’re easy-to-grow soft fruit and they can thrive in many kinds of soil, although they thrive in a sunny site. They can be grown as bushes or be trained against a wall to take up less space in a small garden or appartment balcony – you can even grow gooseberries in containers.
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