In Europe, gooseberries, are an important part of a well-rounded garden. Poorman is a highly flavored, sweet table variety which can be eaten out of hand. The berries are green but turn red when ripe. They like moderately fertile, well-drained soil with full-to-partial sun. They generally ripen in June-July. Gooseberries are not suited for southern climates that do not receive at least 1000 chill hours. At maturity, they reach 3-4 ft. in height and 3-4 ft. in width. Gooseberries are hardy to -40º F. Self-fertile. USDA Zones 3-8.