About Norann Oleson

Norann Oleson

Norann Oleson is Editorial Director for Food Gardening Network, where she is the lead domain expert with responsibility for the technical accuracy of all content, editorial balance, and is the lead spokesperson for the brand. Norann was raised on a New England farm where she started gardening as a youth. She then founded her own landscaping business and developed a great passion for vegetable gardening and growing fruits, berries, herbs, and spices.

Articles by Norann Oleson

Gooseberry Glossary

Gooseberry-specific terms: American Gooseberry: Ribes hirtellum. Member of the same genus as currants. Most American Gooseberry bushes are hybrids of European Gooseberries and native North American Gooseberry bushes. The tend to  

Resources about Gooseberries

Gooseberry resources: Agricultural Marketing Resource Center: While this site is geared mostly toward people who work in agriculture, it provides a lot of good information for home food gardeners. Their page  
Health Benefits of Gooseberries

Health Benefits of Gooseberries

The gooseberry is one powerful fruit! Rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, gooseberries can protect your heart, increase good (HDL) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, protect against cancer, and help  
Nutrition Facts about Gooseberries

Nutrition Facts about Gooseberries

Gooseberries are packed with high flavor, high fiber, low calories, and almost half your daily recommended requirement of vitamin C. They’re delicious eaten fresh—which is great, since you won’t be  
Gooseberry Jam

Gooseberry Jam

I can hardly remember a time when I didn’t make jam from something. Strawberries fresh from the garden were always a good candidate. Blueberries bursting in the kitchen is a  
Perfect Pickled Gooseberries

Perfect Pickled Gooseberries

You know what I love about the midsummer gooseberry harvest? All the gooseberries. You know what makes me crazy about the midsummer gooseberry harvest? Yup—all the gooseberries. Last summer, my cousin  
Gooseberry Mixer

Gooseberry Mixer

The house was abuzz with excitement. Celebrating two big family events on the same weekend. I knew friends and family would appreciate the special touches to make the weekend memorable—including  
Gooseberry Fool

Gooseberry Fool

Why is this gooseberry dessert called fool? It has nothing to do with jesters or jokers; the term “fool” comes from the French term fouler —to press or crush; think:  
Gooseberry Pie

Gooseberry Pie

The country fair sounds like a quaint event, with images of pie-eating contests and food and craft stalls as far as the eye can see. These kind of fairs aren’t  
Jostaberry

Jostaberry

The Jostaberry is a complex cross between the European black currant and North American and European wild gooseberries. Like other currants, the Jostaberry is disease-resistant, packed with vitamin C, and