Gooseberries are small, round to oval berries of European origin. They grow in the wild all over the temperate climates of Europe, North America, and Siberia. Botanically, they related very closely to currants, and belong to the same family of Grossulariaceae, in the genus, Ribes. Packed with pigment antioxidant polyphenolics and vitamins, the berries come in different color, flavor, and shapes.
Gooseberries are low in calories and have significantly high amounts of phenolic phytochemicals, especially flavones and anthocyanins. Both of these compounds have been found to have numerous health-benefiting effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
The berries are a moderate source of vitamin-C. (100 g of fresh berries provide 46% of daily-recommended intake). Studies have shown that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin-C helps body develop immunity against infectious agents, and help scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals from the body.