My neighbor gifted me a bag of pineapple tomatillos (also called ‘ground cherries’) from her garden this week, so I decided use them up and make something delicious. After doing a bit of research (you can make pies, jam, salsa, etc. with these little guys), I settled on making a batch of chutney. This was my first attempt at making chutney and boy did it turn out delicious!
Now a little more about the pineapple tomatillo (ie. ground cherry)- they grow much like a regular tomatillo in that they form lantern husks with the fruit inside. They’re about the size of a cherry tomato and taste sweet, much like pineapple. You can literally eat these fresh off the vine and they taste like candy!
- 2 cups pineapple tomatillos
- 1 small onion, chopped fine
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mustard seed
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- Saute onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil until slightly caramelized.
- Combine honey and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add in the cooked onions, pineapple tomatillos, vinegar, curry powder and mustard seed. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until mixture has thickened slightly.
- Allow chutney to cool, then pour into a glass jar and refrigerate.
I can’t wait to try this chutney served over pork and rice. You could also use this with your favorite curry recipe or other indian food, or even in a grilled cheese sandwich!
What new recipes are you experimenting with your garden harvest this year?