Ribes 'Friend' is thornless gooseberry from the Ukraine that produces tasty medium sized reddish pink berries.
Ribes 'Friend' is (nearly) thornless gooseberry from the Ukraine that produces tasty medium sized reddish pink berries. The fruit can be eaten fresh or processed for preserves or pies. Gooseberries are highly nutritious and are particularly high in vitamin A and phosphorus. They can be used in desserts or eaten fresh to enjoy their sweet/tart flavour. They are self-fertile and extremely hardy, at least to zone 3.
Common Name: Black Gooseberry
Family: Grossulariaceae (The Gooseberry Family)
Zone Hardiness: 3-9
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: Green
Bloom Time: Spring
Soil Moisture: Average, Dry
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Moist to dry forests and rock outcrops in lowlands and mountains.
Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia
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