Grossulariaceae, gooseberry family
ribes - acid tasting
lacustre- growing along ponds and lakes
The berry is very sticky and not my favorite to pick, but of its abundance and guaranteed good crop, it is a welcome addition to my harvest. It is to me not very tasty raw, But delicious as a juice. I made juice one year when the berries were covered with Fireweed fluff. Most years I make jam, which I mix with Black Currants and/or Raspberries and this year even Strawberries, which all grow in the Black Currant patch I pick.
On August 10 and 11 2008, we picked 4 litres of the above mix. Made delicious jam, using less then half white sugar, boiling it for at the most 10 min.
I call this a Gooseberry, i find it along roads and power lines. Semi-wet and semi-shaded.
At the end of August I made jam with just those berries. And it turned out very good, resembling black currant jam.