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Xll—Fe.Uits In Their Season. 9 .
XLL—FE . UITS IN THEIR SEASON . 9 .
Viii. Oi/D Goosebeery A^D His Cuirakt Ee...
VIII . OI _/ D GOOSEBEERY A _^ D HIS CUIRAKT _EELATIOXS . While every bright-tinted blossom still slept within its bark-built
cell , and only the first faint streaks of spring * green were yet dawning- over the dark bare boughs of winter , from among the
earliest of leaves crept forth one of the earliest of flowers ; but iiaunting no brilliant hues to mark it out amid the universal
verdure , this hardy little pioneer was attired on true rifle brigade principlesin a garb assimilating closely with its surroundings .
Possessed , of neither beauty nor fragrance , it lived out its little life unnoticed , perhaps , by one eye out of a hundred , among the many
eagerly watching for the bloom of spring , but connecting that idea solely with the snowy vestures of the cherry and , the pear treeor
, the richer glories of the almond and _apj _3 le . With the advancing season , however , the outgrowth of those humble blossoms soon
becomes apparent , and being endowed , while yet green and immature , with virtues beyond those of any of our other fruits in a
similar stage of progress , though not yet fit for the dessert , they grace the dinner table at least with a charm that has been long
absent , and our English feast of first-fruits is therefore always a feast of gooseberries .
The botanical name ribes , shared in common by both gooseberries and currants , is an Arabic title originally bestowed on them
through , a mistake ; for the description given by Arab botanists of the lant to which they had given this appellationseemed to apply
so well p to our fruits that they were classed with , it , and as the Europeans had not seen the real ribes , and the Arabians never
came in contact with the gooseberry or currant , neither party discovered the error that had been fallen into until it had continued too
long for the name to be altered , though the distinct nature of the respective plants has been long since ascertainedand even a cook-maid
, would hardfy now suspect that rhubarb ( the Arab ribes ) had anything in common with the gooseberry beyond the similarity of flavor in
the tarts made from them . The surname of the latter speciesyrossularia—is said to be derived from the resemblance of the fruit
to little unripe figs , called grossuli , whence , too . comes the French groseillethe Scotch grozer or grozetandaccording to some , our
name gooseberry , also , though the latter , is more , generally considered to have been corrupted from _gorse-herryon account of the prickly
, bush on which they grow , while some gardeners believe that it alludes to the gross or thick skin of the fruit , and others again trace
its etymology in the fact of its having been formerly much used as a spring sauce for the goose . In some counties it bears the name
of feaberry , contracted from feverberry , the juice having been considered beneficial in fever .
Before it has opened , the blossom of the gooseberry in size , shape ,
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), June 1, 1861, page 259, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01061861/page/43/