The flavor or gooseberries can vary, depending on where they are grown and other factors, but they generally have flavors similar to grapes, apples or strawberries. The fruit's notes can range from tart to tropical.
Gooseberries are suitable for a number of cooking applications. They are most commonly used as the basis for a gooseberry pie or to make gooseberry jam or jelly. They make a tasty snack after they are dried, and the juice can be extracted to make a refreshing beverage. Gooseberries, raisins and onions can be mixed with vinegar and other ingredients to make a gooseberry relish.