- berries have modest taste, tart if picked too early.
- berries can be collected and left to ripen.
- berries can be dried for storage.
- berries can be cooked and then spread to dry into cakes.
- berries contains high levels of pectin, which benefits making jams.
- varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Coastal black gooseberry (Ribes divaricatum), Sticky gooseberry (Ribes lobbii), White-stemmed gooseberry (Ribes inerme) and Northern gooseberry (Ribes oxyacanthoides).
- warning: eating gooseberries in quantity may cause stomach upset.