Dulce de Uchuvas is a traditional Colombian dessert or sauce. This gooseberry preserve recipe is very easy to make and absolutely delicious.
What is Uchuva or Yellow Gooseberry?
It is an exotic fruit from cultivated in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. It is small, round and a little tart and is used in sauces, desserts, smoothies and salads.
When my grandmother made this dulce de uchuvas, she served it with fresh white cheese, similar to the farmer’s cheese in United States. I love to eat it with vanilla ice cream.
I love making homemade jams or preserves because I only need three ingredients. There’s not artificial preservatives added to this recipe. I usually make extra jars to gift to friends and family. I highly recommend using real sugar and not a sugar substitute to make this gooseberry preserve.
Gooseberry Preserve Recipe (Dulce de Uchuvas)
- 1 cup yellow gooseberries or uchuvas washed
- ⅓ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- In a small pot over medium high heat, add the water and sugar and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium low, add the uchuvas and cook about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat transfer to a glass container and refrigerate.
This homemade gooseberry sweet sauce only requires three ingredients and it is very simple to make.
Always allow this dessert to cool fully before refrigerating. If you’d like the texture of your preserve to be more smooth, you can use an immersion blender to puree it.
Other Colombian dessert recipes you may like to try:
This sounds like the perfect combination white cheese, a bit of this preserves and a nice glass of wine. What a winner. Thanks for sharing.
MMMM...looks lovely! I don't know if i can find these lovely orange coloured gooseberries but I will hunt them down,...
oh those things look great can you buy them in the States we have green ones in the UK and they are sour
I live in Connecticut and I found gooseberries in my supermarket.
Uchuvas and English gooseberries (grosella espinosa in Spanish) are completely different things. English gooseberries can be made into a very tasty jam or boiled and sweetened before being served as a dessert - there are dessert varieties that are sweet and can be eaten uncooked just like uchuvas which are available in English supermarkets under the name "chinese gooseberries."
Uchuvas are a cultivated version of what we used to call Chinese lanterns. I prefer uchuvas raw and the combination of the sweet flavour with the hint of sharpness is perfect for an after-dinner mouth freshener.
Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
These preserves would go perfectly with this snowy white goat cheese cheddar we found this weekend! Yum!
We find these in India too, but I have never seen these here. How lovely with white cheese!
Sounds excellent with cheese. Very pretty too!
A friend here in Bogotá served warm uchuva jam over brie and it was AMAZING....
Could be a nice alternative to cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving...hmmm.
Thanks for the recipe!
Just adore gooseberries, discovered them way before most people did when you could maybe find some where I live. Not sure I would have enough left over to make a preserve but it's a great and delicious idea.
I have never eaten a gooseberry. This reminds me of kumquats in color and how you preserve them. Looks delicious! Farmers cheese or Vanilla ice cream would be yummy.
we don't have gooseberries around here but they look like something i'd really like, especially prepared like this!
This fruit looks very similar to the fruit we called "ground cherries" when I was a child in the US Midwest. My father loved ground cherry pie, and he grew them so that he could have this each summer.