1. Sanna’s Gooseberry Pie


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    Sanna finds the gooseberries just ripe for her lovely pie recipe. Why are they called gooseberries? According to Wikipedia, the "goose" in "gooseberry" has usually been seen as a corruption of either the Dutch word Kruisbes or the allied German Krausbeere, or of the earlier forms of the French groseille. Alternatively the word has been connected to the Middle High German krus (curl, crisped), in Latin as grossularia. However, the Oxford English Dictionary takes the obvious derivation from goose and berry as probable because "the grounds on which plants and fruits have received names associating them with animals are so often inexplicable that the inappropriateness in the meaning does not necessarily give good grounds for believing that the word is an etymological corruption." It is also perhaps worth noting that the French for gooseberry is groseille a macqueraux translated as 'mackerel berries'. That's funny.

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