Ribes uva-crispa Careless. A reliable and heavy-cropping Dessert/Culinary variety. Large, smooth skinned berries that turn a red colour when fully ripe. An excellent variety for cooking and jam making.
Ribes grossularia Black Velvet. Vigourous growth. The green berries develop first a pinky blush, and then turn uniformly purple as they ripen fully, when they are medium size, soft-skinned, juicy and with good to excellent flavour and sweetness. The berries are the size of seedless grapes.
Jonathan: Here’s the last tray-full of gooseberries from the croft. That makes a total of about 25kg from the croft, and possibly 60kg from croft and garden combined. All the bushes on the croft are of this red desert type – sweet and rich in flavour. It’s called Black Velvet. At home, in the walled garden, we’ve got green culinary gooseberries (Leveller), and a small blushed/red desert gooseberry which we think is Careless. A few kilos of Leveller are being turned into wine, but everything else is for making jams, jellies, chutneys. Right, now to top-and tail these little lovelies, the last of the best. Then into the freezer with them!