Considering our obsession with berries, it's hard to believe that there are still quite a few out there that I've never tried. This week, I had my first encounter with a gooseberry: a fruit smaller than a blueberry with a round-meets-oblong shape (similar to that of a green grape) and a fuzzy, veiny, green apple-colored exterior. I couldn't ignore my intrigue and impulsively picked up a carton to experiment with at home. My initial observations of the fruit, when you keep reading.
When it comes to the kitchen, I'm always comfortable entering uncharted territory. I'm apt to buy an ingredient like gooseberries, white sapote, or an unfamiliar mushroom, even when I've never seen or heard of it.
If you were to ask me why, I'd simply counter with the question: why not? I figure if I don't know what to do with it, I'll simply Google it! Are you as adventurous when it comes to purchasing new and unusual ingredients?