The purple, shiny berry is produced in the southwest tropics of Brazil and it is commonly used for making jams, jellies, drinks and it is also sold as a fresh fruit. Gooseberry skin and pulp contained higher antioxidant activity than other berries such as blueberries and cranberries. Gooseberries contains high levels of phytochemicals, which have been reported in several studies to prevent oxidative stress that can cause cancer and heart disease. Gooseberry skin could potentially be a source of natural colorants and antioxidants for use in food manufacturing.
The fruit grows on small trees about 15-18 feet tall, primarily in Sri Lanka and India. However it is also cultivated in South Africa. The fruit is primarily harvested for making juice. The berries are orange but turn to a deep purple as they ripen. The fruit contains a high concentration of pectin, which makes it . Some refer to the fruit as tropical cranberries.