The first time I ate Gooseberry was in Beijing, China. And that was in 2002. I didn't know the name of the fruit at that time. Only a year or two back, I found out the name. Frankly speaking, I have no idea why it's called GOOSEBERRY. Which portion of it resembles a goose? :P
The gooseberries are also available here in Penang (import wan lah of coz). Saw it few times in the supermarket. Tastewise, it's sourish with tinge of sweetness.