A gooseberry is the small, round fruit of the gooseberry shrub, belonging to the saxifrage family. Gooseberries have a tart taste and can be eaten raw or used to make jellies, cobblers, tarts and other items.
Gooseberries start out as green and begin to develop a red-violet tinge once ripe. Some individuals may prefer to eat green and sour gooseberries, while others prefer redder and sweeter gooseberries. To prepare gooseberries for eating or cooking, remove the stem on the top and the old flower on the bottom.
The Food Network offers a recipe for a gooseberry tart. To make this recipe, first preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Sift 1 1/2 cups flour with 3 tablespoons sugar and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Slice 1 stick of cold, unsalted butter, and add to the flour mixture. Blend together with a pastry blender.
Mix 3 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, into the flour mixture until dough forms. Round the dough into a ball, flatten, and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Take out the dough, and roll into a crust to fit a tart pan. Lay the crust in pan, trim the edges, and chill.
Combine 4 cups gooseberries with 2 tablespoons flour in a large bowl. Toss in 2 teaspoons lemon zest and 1 cup sugar. Pour into the prepared crust, and bake 45 minutes.