Though delicious in their own right, Gooseberry plants were once outlawed in the United States in an effort to contain the spread of white pine blister rust. Now, except for in a few areas to the north, all states can grow gooseberries both commercially and at home. Gooseberries are fairly easy to grow and tolerate part shade to full sun. There are two types of gooseberry plants: American and European. American gooseberries, such as Hinnonmaki, are smaller than their European cousins and very resistant to mildew. European varieties, like Invicta, are generally large and more flavorful.