Gooseberries are much more popular in England and other parts of Europe than they are in the U.S. The thorny bushes produce green, yellow or red fruit - some are used to make pies while other sweeter varieties are good for fresh eating. Gooseberries enjoy the cool summers of the coastal Great Lakes and can survive very cold winters. We have just six experimental plants to see if they are a fruit that we would like to cultivate on market scale. We have just begun sampling the grape-sized berries and are quite fond of their snappy texture and plummy flavor.