The Gooseberry is a native of several parts of Europe, and is indigenous in America, as far north as 68°. It is cultivated to greater perfection in England than in any other part of the world. In Spain and Italy, this fruit is scarcely known. In France, it is neglected. In Lancashire, England, and some parts of the adjoining counties, almost every cottager cultivates the Gooseberry, with a view to prizes given at what are called Gooseberry Prize Meetings; of these, there is annually published an account, with the names and weights of the successful sorts, in what is called the Manchester Gooseberry Book. The prizes vary from ten shillings to five and ten pounds sterling. There are meetings held in the spring to "make up," as the term is, the persons, and the conditions of exhibition; and in August, to weigh and test the fruit, and determine the prizes.
In Lindley's Guide to the Orchard and Fruit Garden, seven hundred and twenty-two varieties are described; from which the following are selected, as in most repute for size, flavour, and other good qualities: