Nature Brews is a monthly cask night at The Old Bakery Beer Company in partnership with The Nature Institute. Each month we feature a new cask beer made with locally foraged ingredients. Come out on the first Friday of every month to taste & rate the new cask offering. At the end of 12 months (October 2017), we will brew & package a full scale batch of the most well-reviewed cask for everyone to enjoy!
Here is some information about this month’s ingredient, Gooseberries:
Gooseberries, Ribes hirtellum (American), are native to many parts of Europe and western Asia. The many varieties are grown on a commercial and domestic basis. With the wild assortment growing slightly smaller in size than others, this hairy fruit can come in red, green, yellow or white. Gooseberries are generally ready to be picked in July after experiencing frigid winters and humid summers and are more shade tolerant than other fruits.
Gooseberries tend to be known for their tart taste and are significantly underused in the kitchen. When the berries are in fact used, they can be found mostly in pies, crumbles, or eaten as is. They have been known to be the flavor of different beverages like sodas, wines, and teas and have even been used in pairing sauces for meat dishes.
This unique fruit is high in vitamin C (69% of your daily value), 20 times than of an orange. Gooseberries have also been found to reduce the risk of cancer, aging, and neurological diseases. In India, the fruit was used in traditional medicine for its positive effects on preventing Alzheimer’s Disease.