Gooseberries belong to the genus Ribes , and represent indigenous species in the Northern Hemisphere across Europe, Asia and North America . Gooseberry cultivars are divided generally into those primarily intended for processing, and the other for fresh consumption. Gooseberry varieties intended for processing, have fruits of sour taste, and are not favorite for fresh consummation, while processing it is required to add a certain amount of sugar to prepare outstanding jams, jellies and pies. Cultivars intended for fresh consumption, their fruits are so sweet that the can be consumed immediately after harvest. According to the origin gooseberries are divided into two types : American Ribes hirtellum, which is native to the northeastern United States and southern Canada, and Europe grossularia Ribes and R. Uva – crispa, is native to the Caucasus and North Africa, among which there are huge differences. Cultivars of the European gooseberry species are usually clear , and they are more common due to that they wear the larger berries ( up to 5 cm may be a cross-section of fruit ), which are thought to have a better flavor.