The Standalone Gooseberry.
It is this time of year that i would normally be jumping up and down with excitement, my welly boots closhing around and a punnet being all ready to be filled with delightful gooseberries.
Earlier in the year I bought a few gooseberry bushes and swiftly planted them in the top end of my allotment. I do like gooseberry crumble, and from what I gather Gooseberry wine is very . . . potent! So when I planted these in I was hoping for a good yield of fruit, enough for a few crumbles and at least enough for a gallon of wine - just to try!
Alas, we had also planted potatoes in the same bed as the gooseberry bushes and had overlooked how tall the spuds can grow, which resulted in the gooseberries not receiving as much sunlight as they needed.
On a single branch that had crawled out from the cover of the potatoes we came across on little gooseberry, but what good is a single solitary gooseberry? It is not enough to stew for a crumble, nor will I get more than a drop of juice from - no where near the gallon that I was after!
Maybe we should pear pair it with the single strawberry that we had grown and make a fruit salad!
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