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The National Food Bin: how much food gets wasted in the UK

Each year, as a country, Britain throws billions of pounds in the bin – the food bin that is. Our food waste is increasing, and despite wanting to be more ethical and environmentally friendly, we are not doing enough to… Read more

Each year, as a country, Britain throws billions of pounds in the bin – the food bin that is. Our food waste is increasing, and despite wanting to be more ethical and environmentally friendly, we are not doing enough to reduce it.

Our latest infographic dives into the problem of food waste in this country and offers a simple solution to reducing food waste in your home, restaurant or office.

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The National Food Bin: how much foodgets wasted in the UK

Each year, as a country, Britain throws billions of pounds in the bin – the food bin that is. Our food waste is increasing, and despite wanting to be more ethical and environmentally friendly, we are not doing enough to… Read more

Each year, as a country, Britain throws billions of pounds in the bin – the food bin that is. Our food waste is increasing, and despite wanting to be more ethical and environmentally friendly, we are not doing enough to reduce it.

Our latest infographic dives into the problem of food waste in this country and offers a simple solution to reducing food waste in your home, restaurant or office.

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Fancy a roast squash? 7 facts to make you go ‘gosh!’

Why we love organic squash Butternut, pumpkin, hubbard, dumpling – whether you’re a summer squash person or a winter squash person, there’s an organic squash for everyone and for every occasion. It’s the best nosh, a squash! At Pikt, we’re… Read more

Why we love organic squash

Butternut, pumpkin, hubbard, dumpling – whether you’re a summer squash person or a winter squash person, there’s an organic squash for everyone and for every occasion. It’s the best nosh, a squash!

At Pikt, we’re enjoying the crisp Autumn weather (OK, the soggy Autumn weather). What makes it even better is this is the season for warm-your-cockles soups and hearty stews. Sorry, we just made you hungry, didn’t we? You’re in luck: squashes are affordable, delicious and easy to get a-hold of this time of year. But we know some of you are daunted by these varied veggies. So, we’re here to demystify the squash with some fun facts.

The basics

Squashes are one of the world’s oldest known crops, with some sites in Mexico estimating they’ve been a staple crop for over ten thousand years.

The word ‘squash’ is an adapted version of the word ‘askutasquash’ meaning ‘eaten raw or uncooked’ in Narragansett Native American. Sounds crunchy…

Squashes come from the Americas, but can be grown pretty much anywhere as they just need a temperate climate, full sun and good soil – and, of course, organic is best!

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7 facts about squashes

1.     There are many kinds of squash

There are hundreds of different squashes, from the tromboncino, which is long and green, to the patty pan, which is yellow and shaped like a flying saucer.

2.     Squashes, gourds and pumpkins are all in the same family

The squash is part of the Cucurbitaceae family, and is closely related to the cucumber and the watermelon.

3.     Yes, you can eat the skin

The skin of a winter squash is often perfectly edible, such as with varieties like the delicata squash. For our thicker-skinned friends, try roasting or par-boiling the veg and then scooping out the flesh with a spoon.

4.     Red, orange and yellow colours are because of carotenoids

Carotene gives carrots, tomatoes and mangoes their warm hue, and the same applies to many types of squash. This means they are a great source of provitamin A and anti-oxidants.

5.     Summer squash keeps you beach-body ready…

Summer squashes, like courgettes, are high in water content and low in calories. Perfect for a healthy snack!

6.     … And winter squash is fibre-full!

Winter squashes, like butternuts, are low-fat but packed with nutritious fibre to keep you feeling full for longer.

7.      ‘Pompkin pudding’ is the first recorded pumpkin pie recipe

Whether you enjoy a Pumpkin Spice latté or think pumpkins should only be for carving on Halloween, everyone can agree that pie is the bomb-dot-com. Amelia Simmons wrote the ‘American Cookery’ book in 1796, and though she didn’t invent the pumpkin pie, she did write down the recipe, here.

Our favourite squash-tacular recipe: vegan butternut squash soup

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Getting a bit chilly? Are you in the mood for a warming stew or a nice bit of soup? It doesn’t get easier than this soulful bowlful from Madeleine Olivia. With three main ingredients and a touch of seasoning, you are minutes away from a scrummy, veg-packed dinner. Just looking at that picture has our mouths watering.

And for pudding? Well – pumpkin pie of course! Order your Autumnal veggies here and share your recipes with us on Twitter @PiktFresh.

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Where to buy the wonky veg that no-one loves

Approximately one thirdof the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted, and perishable goods like fruit and vegetables have the highest wastage rates of any food. But a revolution is taking place across the… Read more

Approximately one thirdof the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted, and perishable goods like fruit and vegetables have the highest wastage rates of any food.

But a revolution is taking place across the U.K., and big-name brands are beginning to wake up to food waste and offer up their ‘ugly’ (but perfectly edible) fruit and veg to consumers.

Here’s where you can buy the wonky veg that no one loves.

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1. Lidl’s ‘Too Good to Waste’ veg box

You can now buy all the wonky veg you like at Lidl from just £1.50. Introduced as a trial last year, the company sold more than 50,000boxes and helped prevent 250 tonnes of food going to waste.

Their 5kg boxes are packed with fruit and vegetables that are slightly damaged, discoloured or deteriorated, but are still good to eat. According to Lidl, this is just the beginning:

‘With a commitment to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030, we are playing our part in stores, but more importantly, with our key suppliers, to do the same.’

2. Asda’s wonky veg box

Asdahas a similar initiative to Lidl. For 30 percent less than the retail price, you can order a 5kg box of wonky veg. The exact contents are based on seasonal availability, but think:

  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbages
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Onions

You get the idea. They deliver 20 boxes to 300 of their larger stores on a weekly basis, helping put an additional 300 tonnes of misshapen veg on to the shelves.

To find a store near you, use their store locator.

3. Wonkyvegboxes.co.uk

Wonkyvegboxes.co.uk is exactly what it says it is. According to their site, they:

‘Rescue the surplus, deliver it to your door and donate 10 percent of our produce to charities and food banks around Leicester. We have 0 percent food waste as a business.’

If you live in the Leicestershire, North Warwickshire or Tamworth areas, we recommend signing up for some wonky veg to be delivered to your door. Find out if you live inside their delivery zones.

4. Wonky veg, direct from the growers

Our friends at Graig Farm produce award winning produce, and the stuff they grow that doesn’t make the cut is thrown into a discounted box and sold to the public via their website.

It’s organic fruit and veg, too, even if it is wonky. All we ask is that you watch that premium price tag.

5. Morrison’s wonky veg selection box

Similar to Lidl and Asda, Morrison’s also has a wonky veg boxat a discounted price than on-the-shelf perishables. For only £3.50, you can get a box delivered that includes a selection of seasonal vegetables, including carrots, swede, leeks and onions.

As Morrison’s put it, it’s vegetables that are ‘beautiful on the inside.’

Go organic with a Pikt Fresh box

Wonky veg is an excellent way of reducing food wastage in the U.K., and we’re completely behind the initiative. But wonky veg from the supermarket is still mass-produced using pesticides.

Here at Pikt, we do things organically. Direct from farm to table, our range of fruit and veg boxes are both organic and plastic free; we pay our farmers fairly, and we give you the chance to offset your carbon footprint. That’s good for you, good for the farmers, and good for the planet.

To explore our range of organic fruit and veg boxes, get shoppingtoday.

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How to choose a fruit and vegetable box delivery service

Imagine what your life would be like if you had delicious, nutritious and varied produce delivered straight to your door. Well, when you use a fruit and vegetable box delivery service, that fantasy is a reality. We manage so much… Read more

Imagine what your life would be like if you had delicious, nutritious and varied produce delivered straight to your door.

Well, when you use a fruit and vegetable box delivery service, that fantasy is a reality.

We manage so much of our life online now, so why stand in line at the supermarket when you can get your food delivered? It just makes sense to go online to get your fresh produce.

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But, as more providers spring up, how do you choose the best vegetables box delivery service?

We think we can help you there.

Although it’s not rocket science, there are a few important factors to consider.

In this article, we’ll cover these factors and take a closer look at why getting produce delivered is so appealing and, frankly, makes shopping at a supermarket look a little outdated.

Sound good? Great.

Let’s jump in.

First things first – should you buy organic?

You’re no doubt aware that buying organic is a priority for many chefs and households across the country. The organic food industry has now grown to a whooping £2.33 billion.

This is because organic food has many compelling benefits. 

These include:

  • Reduced impact on the environment because no pesticides are used
  • Greaterfreshness because less preservatives are added
  • Free from GMO–genetically modified organisms (GMO) exist in non-organic food and have, well, question marks around them

Naturally, Pikt is leading the charge with organic produce, so if you want to go organic, you’re already in the right place.

Flexibility – some services lock you in, others, not so much

Some vegetable box services tie you into subscription plans whereas others don’t.

If you’re confident with a service, then lock in and don’t worry about it. However, if you’re looking for something a little more flexible, a service like Pikt might be best for you. It’s easy to buy food as you go with Pikt so there’s no need to lock in with a long-term subscription if you don’t want to.

And, as we pride ourselves on being ethical and honest, we don’t apply fixed costs. With Pikt, you can mix and match your produce and only pay for what you want.

Convenience (we’re all busy, and there’s always something else to be doing)

The modern world is a busy place. And, if you run a household, you’ll be used to spinning many plates.

This makes the convenience of vegetable box delivery very appealing because in only a few minutes you can log in and order your food.

No problem.

It’s a strong advantage over the supermarkets because when you shop online, you save your most precious asset – time.

Now, all vegetable box delivery services ship to your door, but at Pikt, we always try to go the extra mile, so it’s easy to choose when you want your food delivered when you order from us. And, with our field to fork speedy delivery service, you’ll always get your produce fast and in good condition.

Nutrition – for your home and for your office

A vegetable box delivered straight to your door makes being healthy a cinch. 

When you go to the supermarket, everything is there to distract you, and it’s easy to pick up that bag of crisps at the checkout. Not so when you get your fruit and veg delivered.

It’s also an easy way to make your office healthier. Fruit is nutritious and full of natural sugars that will give your staff a boost in energy and productivity. And don’t just take our word for it – there’re clear scientific links between productivity and nutrition. So, why not get fruit delivered to your office?

Price and value (shipping is never free)

There’s no getting away from the fact that price influences all buying decisions and vegetable boxes are no exception.

So, how do you go about choosing which is the best value for you? Well, you always pay for the shipping, (we like to be up front about that) because, the truth is, free shipping doesn’t exist. 

Ultimately, you tend to get what you pay for, and for organic, natural and fresh produce, we think you’re already in the right place.

Shopping in a more ethical way

There’s nothing wrong with turning a profit, but when a business’ goal is only profit, things don’t always work out for the best. However, you’ll be buying from a not-just-for-profit business when you buy from Pikt.

That’s because, as a B Corps certified business, Pikt has proven itself as an organisation that runs to the highest ethical standards.

And it’s not a straightforward certification to complete, so you can be sure that every business that’s B Corps certified has worked hard to hold itself to a higher standard.

B Corps covers:

  • Governance
  • Workers
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Customers

So, if you want to care for the environment and help make a positive difference in the world, shopping with a B Corps certified business is a step in the right direction.

What selection of food does the service offer? (The power of trying something new)

Sometimes, we’re all guilty of getting a little complacent with our cooking – we drag ourselves to the supermarket and pick out the same foods without thinking about it. 

Sound familiar?

Well, it’s easy to get out of your food rut when you order online and have food delivered to your door.

You’re not spending time driving, finding parking, walking around a dreary supermarket – you’ve got time and space to explore and discover new foods all from the comfort of your home.

It’s just easier to take in the choice and experiment when you’ve got time to do it. 

This means that enjoying a breadth of food is easier with vegetable box delivery services. But different services offer a different range of foods.

At Pikt, we focus on food that’s fresh, organic and natural – because that’s what matters to us and that’s what we love.

Food that’s fresher (and always arrives in good condition)

A vegetable box delivered to your door is the best way to ensure you eat food that’s fresher. Food left to sit on a shelf in a supermarket simply struggles to compete. 

And when you also go for organic food that’s not been covered in nasty pesticides, you’ll get the freshest, high-quality produce. 

Fresh food is great, but some delivery services prioritize it more than others. At Pikt, we get food straight from the fields to your door, as fast as possible, to maximise freshness. And with our fast delivery service, you’ll always get food that arrives in good condition.

What packaging does the vegetable box delivery service use?

With everyone and their dog aware of the negative impacts of plastic on the environment, looking at the packaging your food comes in is another important consideration.

At Pikt, we’ve done our best to make our packaging as environmentally friendly as possible. It’s part of our mission to make a better impact on the Earth.

As ever, making the decision on what you buy depends on your values. If you’re not fussed and just want the food delivered to your door, don’t give it a second thought. But if you want to order from a business that’s ethical in how they approach everything that they do, including packaging, then Pikt might be the service for you.

Choosing your vegetable box delivery service – have you Pikt a winner? 

There’s a lot to consider when deciding on a service to deliver your produce. 

They all have the same advantage of being more convenient than shopping at the supermarket. However, between vegetable delivery services there are important differences to consider.

For example, do you want food that’s organic? And are you willing to pay a fixed cost for your vegetables? Also, do you want to buy from a business that’s B Corps certified?

These are important questions, and we’ll leave it in your capable hands to choose the vegetable box service that suits you best.

That said, if you feel like you’re already in the right place, and Pikt is the service for you, you can click here to start filling a vegetable box with us.

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Debunked: The 4 myths about plastic-free produce

You don’t even know you’re doing it. With your scribbled shopping list in hand and your thoughts elsewhere, picking out plastic-free produce is probably the last thing on your mind. Perhaps you subconsciously opt for plastic-wrapped produce simply because it’s… Read more

You don’t even know you’re doing it. With your scribbled shopping list in hand and your thoughts elsewhere, picking out plastic-free produce is probably the last thing on your mind.

Perhaps you subconsciously opt for plastic-wrapped produce simply because it’s ‘safer’ or it ‘retains its freshness’. But underneath the plastic, the fruit and veg is just the same, isn’t it?

So, why are we still shunning plastic-free produce?

Let’s roll up our sleeves and delve a little bit deeper into the myths surrounding the topic.

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The top 4 plastic-free produce myths

There’s a lot of noise online and on television about plastic alternatives and loose produce. It can be difficult to distinguish the old wives’ tales from the facts.

To ease your conscience and help you make better grocery choices, we’ve compiled four plastic free produce myths that you should dismiss today.

1. “Plastic alternatives are just as bad”

If we’re talking recycled plastic, the Chinese whispers are probably right.

But biodegradable, innovative packaging alternatives are more environmentally friendly to make and much better for the planet.

Plant-based ‘bio’ plastics, for example, are grown sustainably and, once finished with, compostable on an industrial level. Current plastic packaging, however, isn’t yet widely recycled. So, in short, it’s better to avoid plastic altogether and opt for plastic-free or paper packaging instead.

2. “Fruit and veg goes off faster”

If you’re buying plastic-wrapped produce for fear of a shorter shelf life, you’re not the only one. More than half of fruit and veg buyers believe the plastic keeps the produce fresher for longer.

The truth is: so long as fruit and veg is handled right, plastic wrap isn’t necessary.

For example, apples that are stored at room temperature in paper trays and cartons stay just as fresh as those in plastic wrap.  

3. “It’s difficult to store”

According to some science whizzes at Washington State University, air-tight plastic bags are the worst choice for storing vegetables.

Your fresh produce needs room to breathe.

That said, we understand the visual nightmare that is loose produce in a fridge. So, to keep your produce bundled safely together, why not opt for a reusable mesh produce bag instead? They’re simple, planet-friendly and easy to stuff into a back pocket.

4. “Loose produce is expensive or harder to find”

We’re going to be honest with you here. Supermarkets still do favorplastic. (Yes, we hear you there in the back – you’re right, it should be changed.)

But just because corporations favour plastic, it doesn’t mean that loose, plastic-free produce is by any means more expensive or harder to find.

You should be able to eat well anddo your bit to clean up the planet, without having to use up your valuable time or money. That’s why we’ve pioneered Pikt: our sustainable, environmentally friendly fruit and veg box delivery service.

It’s simple. We deliver affordable, fresh and organic fruit and vegetables straight from our farms to your door. No annoying substitutes. No plastics. No fuss.

Become a plastic-free produce champion

By altering little habits in your day-to-day life, you’ll help to rid oceans of plastic and change the world.

It’s a step-by-step process that may take some time, but we believe in you – you’ve got what it takes. And, hey, we’re here to help you wherever we can along the way. So, are you ready to make a change?

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Food fight: Junk food vs employee wellbeing

Eating unhealthily increases the risk of unproductive time in the workplace by 66 percent. No, that’s not a misquote, you read that right. In fact, productivity losses due to health issues cost employers two to three times more than annual health… Read more

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Eating unhealthily increases the risk of unproductive time in the workplace by 66 percent. No, that’s not a misquote, you read that right. In fact, productivity losses due to health issues cost employers two to three times more than annual health care expenses.

But what’s the meaning of life if you can’t enjoy a burger with fries every once in a while, are we right?

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Well, ‘every once in a while’ is rapidly turning into ‘every other day’. We live in an age of convenience. No longer are we preparing nutritious lunches for work on Monday. Instead we’re getting food straight to our desks, and the food we order is seldom healthy.

The harsh reality: Junk food is affecting wellbeing

Researchers found that people who consumed a lot of fast food and baked goods were 37 percent more likely to become depressed over a six-year period than people with the lowest consumption. Yikes. Mental health, though, is only the tip of the iceberg. One in every four adults in the U.K. is classified as obese, for example.

There’s no arguing that obesity and depression will lead to lower productivity, a lack of focus and a demotivated state of mind (science can back this up).

For your business (let alone your employees who might be eating themselves into an unhappy state of mind), that’s bad news.

Short-term convenience vs long-term productivity

We make decisions about what to eat as little as three times a day, every single day. It requires a lot of mental capacity to choose to be healthy, and oftentimes, we don’t put that time aside.

Consequently, employees opt for convenience food over nutritional value. It’s inexpensive and efficient, meaning we can keep our bums at our desks and get more work done. But the 10 minutes saved by choosing convenience food is made up by weaker workplace performance throughout the rest of the day.

As an employer, this is cause for concern. Sure, you might have a wellbeing strategy in place (nearly half of all businesses do), but is diet front of mind? These daily micro decisions are affecting you staff, and something needs to change.

Fortunately, healthy food is becoming as convenient as a Five Guys burger (which, if you ask us, is actually quite inconvenient. There are 15 toppings to choose from… 15!).

Delivering healthy food to the workplace

Food delivery boxes are on the rise. According to Royal Mail research, the subscription box market is forecast to grow 72 percent, from £583 million in 2017 to £1 billion by 2022.

But while meal kit providers are delivering healthy recipes to your home, the workplace lacks in convenient healthy food. And we spend more time at work than at home.

At Pikt, we’re bringing healthy food to the workplace, whether it be a one-time order, or more conveniently, a month-to-month subscription package. You choose your fresh fruit, and we’ll deliver it to your office for your team to feast on (and feast they shall).

According to research from the Health Enhancement Research Organisation:

  • Employees who ate healthily all day long at work were 25 percent more likely to have higher job performance.
  • Employees who ate five or more servings of fruit and veg at least four times a week were 20 percent more productive.
  • Those who ate healthily and regularly exercised were absent from work 27 percent less than those who didn’t.

Food affects felicity, and felicity affects productivity. Feed your employees well, and they’ll work smarter for you.

To find out more about Pikt, be sure to visit our website or continue reading out blog.

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You say tomato and we say…delicious!

OK, so we love tomatoes…and we don’t care who knows it! Tomatoes are one of the most versatile fruits (more on that later) out there – there is a plethora of choice out there, each as unique as the next… Read more

OK, so we love tomatoes…and we don’t care who knows it! Tomatoes are one of the most versatile fruits (more on that later) out there – there is a plethora of choice out there, each as unique as the next one. So where do we even start? 

Mysterious origins 

Tomatoes originated in western South America, crossed the Atlantic to Spain with the conquistadors in the 16th century, but only finally caught on in northern Europe in the 19th century. A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in fact a fruit, but their affinity for other savoury ingredients means that they are usually classed as a vegetable.

The best news?

Tomatoes are available all year round with a constantly changing line up of varieties from season to season. The British tomato season runs from June to October.In winter, you could use more of canned tomatoes to save on food miles (the environmental cost of food transportation).

So many to choose from, but where to start? 

This list is by no means exhaustive but we’ve got to start somewhere haven’t we? So why not start with the most popular: 

Beefsteak: these are the biggest tomatoes, and have a meaty texture with a sweet, mellow flavour. They are good for salads, grilling or stuffing.

Salad(or round): this is the traditional British tomato – it’s a good all rounder, but really needs to be ripe to get the best flavour.

Cherry: small and very sweet, cherry tomatoes are pricier than salad tomatoes but their intense flavour is worth the extra moola. They are good in salads, pasta sauces or roasted.

Plum: Available as a baby or full-grown tomato, plum tomatoes have an oval shape, with a rich flavour and comparatively few seeds. Good for making sauces and stews.

Green: there are two types of green tomato. One is unripe, and is quite tart but good for chutneys, or fried. The other is a variety that stays green when ripe, has a tangy flavour and is good in salads or, again, fried.

Yellow: these ripen to a golden yellow colour, and are good in salads, salsas and chutneys.

Now it’s time to make something delicious

If you’re not a fan of the tomato by now then there’s really no helping you. If, however, your mouth is salivating….then we have the most epic tomato chutney recipe from Cully and Sully. Perfect to give as a Christmas gift…or just to sit at home and eat all to yourself. 

Ingredients

  • 2kg of fresh, ripe tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 red pepper, halved
  • 4-5 fresh ripe red chillies, halved and de seeded
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • A few fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano etc)
  • Olive oil
  • 150g sultanas
  • Approx 250g cox, braeburn or other good eating apple, peeled and chopped
  • Approx 250g cooking apples, peeled and chopped
  • Approx 500ml cider vinegar
  • Approx 350g brown sugar
  • Bay leaf
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon juice

Method

  • Stew the apples in a large pot with the sultanas, sugar and vinegar.
  • Add a bay leaf and a stick of cinnamon.
  • The key to this fantastic chutney is the way the tomatoes are cooked.
  • Fresh tomatoes from the glasshouse are roasted in a hot oven for 20mins along with the onion, peppers, chillies and garlic and some fresh herbs on the stalks all with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Once roasted, remove the onions, peppers and chillies.
  • Discard the herbs.
  • Chop the peppers (skin first), onion and chillies and add to the stewed apples.
  • Get a pair of scissors and cut up the roasted tomatoes in the same roasting tray.
  • This is essential as it means you don’t lose any of the fantastic juices!
  • Add this to the same pot.
  • Simmer gently for another while to let the flavours combine and reduce the liquid down to the right consistency.
  • This is a rustic chutney and quite chunky! Season and adjust vinegar/sugar as required.
  • This recipe can also be made with green tomatoes, just omit the red pepper and use green jalapeño peppers instead of red chillies.
  • The resulting chutney will also be a less sweet.