Gooseberries and currants belong to the same species in the genus Ribes. This genus includes in excess of 150 identified types as well as hundreds of varieties produced by breeding.

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Gooseberry Features

Unlike currants, gooseberries usually have thorns, making the plants simple to distinguish from each other. Cultivated gooseberries are either European or American. The former have a distinct, tart flavour and can be as small as peas or as large as a small egg. Their colours typically include yellow, green, purple, red, pink and white. The latter are generally smaller, less flavourful and include colours similar to the European variety.

  • Unlike currants, gooseberries usually have thorns, making the plants simple to distinguish from each other.
  • The latter are generally smaller, less flavourful and include colours similar to the European variety.
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Currant Features

Currants are much smaller than gooseberries and resemble raisins when they are dried. The pea-sized fruit can be black, white, pink or red. They grow in clusters called strigs that are similar in appearance to grape bunches.

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Flavour

Gooseberries are mildly flavoured and people commonly eat them as fresh fruit. Currants have a stronger taste and people usually cook them, use them as ingredients for desserts or make them into jams.