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horticulture cooking I grow gooseberry bushes and got a

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I grow gooseberry bushes and got a croup this year. Gooseberries and elder berries also do not release their stems easily . Is there a way to remove these tiny stems so you just get the berry without the wood? I'll check my answer in the morning.
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Expert:  General Jay replied 1 year ago.
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I researched quite a few websites on suggestions for removing elderberries from the stems and the most recommended and successful method was to use a wide-toothed comb. A wide-toothed comb was used to gently tease the elderberry and de-stem the fruit. I have attached a link to a website that offers photos of the method.

http://www.windward.org/notes/notes69/opalyn6913.htm

Another method was to freeze the harvested berries for a couple days. Then take frozen berries and drop them on a hard surface. The shock of the frozen berries hitting a hard surface results in them snapping off the stem.

Good luck with the berries and feel free to post any follow-up questions you may have.
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