Peach and Nectarine Chutney

Peach and Nectarine Chutney
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Joyce Oudkerk Pool
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This chunky chutney is packed with fruit and is especially good served with cold or hot roast ham and new potatoes. Use all peaches or all nectarines if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1–2 red chile peppers, seeded and chopped, add the extra if you want more of a kick
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 ¼ cups cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar
  • 5 nectarines
  • 5 peaches
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions

Put the onion, garlic, chile pepper, ginger, mustard seeds, and vinegar into a large pan, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the sugar and cook for another 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, use a knife to slice a cross on the bottom of each fruit and put into a large bowl. Cover with freshly boiled water and leave for about 2 minutes, then drain, rinse with cold water, and remove their skins.

Cut the fruit into segments and add half to the pan. Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the remaining pieces of fruit and cook for a final 10 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, pour the rest into warm sterilized jars and seal.

Peach Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Peach Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.