So, how can you tell these two apart? What are the main differences? Follow along to discover key differences between gooseberries and goldenberries.
Gooseberries are part of the Grossulariaceae family and Ribes genus. This type of plant is actually a broad term for multiple gooseberry varieties. Goldenberries however are part of the Solanaceae family and Physalis genus.
Gooseberry trees are sharp and spiny bushes. When they flower, the stems produce bunches of three to four green and pink flowers. Goldenberries have a different appearance. They grow tall and spread quickly. Like tomatoes and other plants in the Solanaceae family. They have an outside green and orange shell. When you peel back the shell, it reveals small orange penny-sized fruits.
Both fruits are often used in jams, jellies, and other sweet fillings. However, you can eat gooseberries and goldenberries raw. The best time to eat these fruits is when they are ripe and slightly soft to the touch. These plants also have great antioxidants and are a low-calorie fruit perfect for maintaining and losing weight.
Gooseberries are native to the United States, India, and the Arctic Circle. Their best USDA Zones for growth are 3-8. Goldenberries, however, are naturally grown in the Andean Mountains in Chile and Peru. However, they are very common in Hawaii, South Africa, and China. They grow best in USDA Zones 8-10.