Rhubarb & date chutney

Rhubarb & date chutney

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins


Makes about 2.25kg/5lb
Keep this tucked away for a month so flavours can develop and then serve it with cheese, pâté, cold meats, sandwiches – you name it

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal19
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.07g
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  • 50g fresh root ginger, grated
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 500g eating apple, peeled and finely chopped



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 200g pitted date, chopped



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 200g dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 400g light muscovado sugar
  • 700g rhubarb, sliced into 2cm chunks



    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 500g red onion


  1. Put the onions in a large pan with the ginger and vinegar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the rhubarb, plus 2 tsp salt to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 mins until the apples are tender.

  2. Stir in the rhubarb and cook, uncovered, until the chutney is thick and jammy, about 15-20 mins. Leave the chutney to sit for about 10-15 mins, then spoon into warm, clean jars, and seal. Label the jars when cool. Keep for at least a month before eating.

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Comments (56)

shaz_howie's picture

Wow absolutely delicious, have never made chutney before, so much easier than jam. Have literally just made it, and had to have a taste. If it matures with age, then can't wait. Has really bite, and a kick to it, lovely.

Mrsflax81's picture

Just made this chutney. First time I have ever made a chutney and second time I have cooked with rhubarb. Was easier than I expected. Had no dates so used extra apple, rhubarb and raisins. Also had no mustard powder and just had enough red wine vinegar but it smells and looks okay. Excited to wait a month before tasting.

jdthrchrds's picture

Just made this chutney to use some of my rhubarb glut. Recipe worked well and it smells delicious, just a month to wait now until we an taste it.

lemony_mel's picture

Only my second attempt at a chutney but this was very simple and delicious! I halved the recipe and produced 5 kilner 0.25 litre jars. Am very happy with the end result and am planning on giving some for christmas presents.

Dottybobs's picture

Never made Chutney before but was given some Rhubarb and looked up this recipe. It was so easy to make and I entered it into a Jam/Chutney competition in a local Womens group and it won! So guess I will be making it again as it didn't last long enough to let it mature to its full potential, but it goes well with everything :)

ClaireMorris83's picture

Just made a batch and on our hob and simmer time was pretty accurate - too salty for me though - hopefully the saltiness will lesson over time.

djez1983's picture

That's odd. The recipe doesn't call for any salt. Possibly the curry powder you used?

mooner's picture

It does state 2 teaspoons of salt in the method, but not in the ingredients list, so the recipe has salt in it!

s-schulz's picture

First time made a chutney and it was easy to make. I tasted when it was ready to transfer in jars, yummy, now I don't know how patient I'll be to wait for a month :-)

etux's picture

This is amazing. You don't need to be a fan of rhubarb to like it, as all the other ingredients really transform it into something special. Really easy as well, will definitely make again.

cat1987's picture

Good recipe. Was really popular and good with naan bread

mellalite's picture

Absolutely lovely! First time making chutney and the recipe is so easy and the results are amazing! Will definitely make again when I have more rhubarb. The only thing I did slightly differently to the recipe was I only used 450g of rhubarb as that is all I had, used the correct quantity of all the other ingredients and it still turned out great. Recommend this recipe to anyone!! :-)

diannem77's picture

This was my first time making chutney. It was easy and VERY tasty! The second time I made it I used white onions instead of red and it was still fantastic! yum yum :-)

jubejube32's picture

This is the nicest chutney I've made. I needed to make some room in my freezer (!) so used rhubarb that I froze earlier in the year. Will be great for Christmas presents......if we don't eat it first

catcalledcharlie's picture

Simply Gorgeous!

jamber2012's picture

This recipe turned out really well. For one who is not keen on rhubarb, this chutney has changed my mind! The chutney tastes good now, can't imagine what it will taste like in a month's time. I would highly recommend this recipe. The one thing I did change was to add less sugar than recommended as I don't enjoy overly sweet chutneys.

mighty_south's picture

Recipe doesn't say what to do with the onions. slice, chop, finely chop? Anyway I roughly chopped them but it probably doesn't really matter too much anyhow. it took a while longer than 20 minutes to get the consistency right but it is all worth it in the end. I made 4 large jars about 4 months ago and just half way through my third one now. On my list of things to prepare early for Xmas, delicious!

nicola72pink's picture

This smelt fantastic when I was making this, and tasted good too straight out of the pan, so I think it will be yummy at Christmas, when I shall open mine, and give out for Xmas gifts!

petesfanny's picture

Made as the recipe said. My first time making chutney, absolutely delicious! Will definately be making again. Used as an accompaniment to both home made fishcakes and burgers and am sure will find lots of other things to eat with!

mooner's picture

Picked the rhubarb from the garden this morning and made this straight away. Looks, smells and tastes delicious, and that's before it's had a month to mature! I made 12 small jars, and it was very easy. I had frozen cranberries so used those straight from the freezer, squashing them a little as they cooked. Can't wait to eat it!


Questions (2)

robinablue's picture

how do I download chutney labels

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. You can find the labels in the tip section, just below the ingredients list, but for ease here is the link: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/sites/bbcgoodfood.com/files/editor_files/preserving-labels_9.pdf Hope you enjoy the chutney!

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