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The Queen of Berries
Today I picked my first crop of gooseberries...



This morning, on the bush...

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Harvest Home! Here is the entire 2013 crop...

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It wasn't enough for a proper gooseberry updside-down pudding, but it occurred to me that I could make a batch of small ones...

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Cooked, but not yet upside-down:

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Pleasingly inverted:

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They tasted excellent. Next year, I hope for a larger-scale operation on the same lines:

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I shall spare you tomorrow's dissection of the stools in pursuit of undigested gooseberry seeds, but feel free to imagine it over your civet coffee.
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Aren't gooseberries associated with the dish "gooseberry fool"? So it would make sense to say "play the gooseberry" to mean "play the fool," and it would be playing the fool to pretend that you didn't know what was going on between the couple.

It makes sense! Though there are other fruit fools, gooseberries are particularly associated with it, I would guess.