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Jul 10, 2005 09:30 AM

currants and gooseberries

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Any ideas where to get currants and gooseberries locally? There are tiny and very expensive containers of mediocre quality at Russos. Would prefer someplace with better volume/price, or, even better, pick-your-own.

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  1. I saw them at Wilson's Farms, but they were very expensive (around $6 for a tiny punnet). Couldn't bring myself to pay that much for them since I used to get them for a fraction of that price when I lived in the UK. I hope that the price will fall as Americans get to know these fruits better.

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    1. re: ju

      And last weekend, I saw one lonely box of gooseberries at Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Ave. Have no idea of the price, but I suspect it wasn't cheap.

    2. Last year one of the stands at the Copley Square (Tues and Friday) farmer's market displayed tons of them -- very pretty and I think around $4 a pint. I believe it was the table that also sells cider donuts and other baked things on the right side of the table. I don't think they have appeared yet for this year so it could be they don't have them or they aren't ready yet.

      I always wondered what to do with them. Any suggestions other than jam or a tart?

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      1. re: dillard

        Gooseberry fool - a classic British dessert. You could google for a recipe.
        If you'd like a recipe posted, please transfer your request to the Home Cooking board to avoid a rap on the knuckles from the moderators of this site.

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        A Fish Called Wanda

        I got some lovely red currants at the Waltham farmer's market last weekend for $3/pint. The farmer selling those also had white currants, and gooseberries. She said that black currents are coming next weekend :)

        Waltham farmer's market is every saturday 9:30-2:30.

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        1. russian village occasionally has them as does Arak's and the armenian fruit store across the street from araks

          1. re: teezeetoo

            Kay's, across Mt. Auburn from Arax Market, has been closed & vacant for a long time.

        2. Next summer you can take a trip out Swanzey, NH to Monadnock Berries and pick your own red and black currants as well as gooseberries (blueberries and raspberries too). I went last year and put up currant jelly and goosberry jam. The view of Mt. Monadock is gorgeous , too