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gooseberry

The product is prepared from top quality fresh gooseberries, grown in Poland. The sound and clean berries are hand picked at the right ripening, washed and carefully inspected to ensure the absence of all foreign vegetable matters. Further top quality berries are infused into sugar syrup solution and dried on continuous belt dryer. No additives, colors, preservatives or flavors are added. The product is sieved and checked on metal detection before further packaging. Moisture: 12%, shelflife: 12 months, country of origin: Poland.

The gooseberry is indigenous in Europe and western Asia, growing naturally in alpine thickets and rocky woods in the lower country, from France eastward, well into the Himalayas and peninsular India. In Britain, gooseberry bushes are often found in copses and hedgerows and about old ruins. It is uncertain whether the Romans were acquainted with the gooseberry, the hot summers of Italy, in ancient times as at present, would be unfavourable to its cultivation. Although gooseberries are now abundant in Germany and France, it does not appear to have been much grown there in the Middle Ages, though the wild fruit was held in some esteem medicinally for the cooling properties of its acid juice in fevers. English name, Fea-berry, still surviving in some provincial dialects, indicates that it was similarly valued in Britain, where it was planted in gardens at a comparatively early period. Improved varieties were probably first raised by the skilful gardeners of Holland.