Ribes uva-crispa being the scientific name of gooseberry, it is native to Europe, northwestern Africa, west, south and Southeast Asia. It is a species of ribes. Having said that, it is one of several similar species in the subgenus Grossularia
Even though more often than not positioned as a subgenus within Ribes, a few taxonomists treat Grossularia as a separate genus. The subgenus Grossularia shows a discrepancy to some extent from currants, predominantly in their barbed stems, and in that their plants nurture one to three collectively on short stems, not in racemes. It is grown on both commercial and domestic basis.
One cup of gooseberries will give just about 66 calories to your diet. More to the point the low calories, gooseberries offer the nourishing help of no fat, no cholesterol and low sodium.
In order to show off the tart flavor, gooseberries are often used as an ingredient in desserts, such as pies, sauces and crumbles. It is also used to give flavor to beverages such as sodas, flavored waters, or milk, and can be made into fruit wines and teas. They are soaked in sugar syrup as given as treats to kids and used in pickling as well. They are also preserved in the form of jams, dried fruit.