Description of Xenia Plants & Fruit:
These bushes have very few thorns and grow vigorously, with an upright, open habit. The large red fruit ripen in early-mid season, are very sweet and so are perfect for eating fresh off the bush in late June. Xenia has decent mildew resistance and produces few thorns - for those used to Pax gooseberries, this is a real improvement in terms of flavour, crop size and disease resistance.
Rich soil makes a real difference to crop size - dig in well-rotted horse manure or good garden compost before planting. Gooseberries do well in cold places but avoid frost pockets, especially those that get the early morning sun
This is a recent introduction from Switzerland (the Swiss are world class gooseberry breeders) and it is probably the best variety they have produced in recent years.