Rhubarb & date chutney

Rhubarb & date chutney

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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)

rehogg's picture

Delicious- managed to leave it the month to mature as suggested and the flavors combined really well. Will definitely make it again next year.......but may attempt to ration it so that it lasts more than 3 weeks!

nispero's picture

Amazing flavors. Really impressed. I'll make it again.

caroline1010_3's picture

Another excellent chutney recipe, having tried the spiced courgette chutney this is equally as nice, though can be a bit pricey to make if you just want to use your rhubarb up like us. It makes about 9 small jars of chutney.

rehogg's picture

Made it last night- already tastes great.....not sure whether I'll be able to wait a month!

zoejames's picture

I made this a few months ago, being used to chutney I found it a bit much at first. Now it's had about three months in it's jars its much more rounded. I didn't have any curry powder so used turmeric instead. Very tasty with cheese and crackers!

rubydrewels's picture

Looking forward to trying this. Any recommendations for variety of apple to use or avoid ? Thanks

sar4963's picture

First time I've made chutney, it was a huge success. Gave it away as Christmas pressies (keeping some for myself of course) it was a huge hit, lots of requests for more. Used frozen rhubarb, as rhubarb was out of season when I made it. Will certainly be making again.

kagwal's picture

Hi - this looks lovely. Any idea as to it's shelf-life? Thanks.

anchoviesforlife's picture

This was the easiest chutney that I've ever made and no vast pools of vinegar to be reduced. Delicious.

lhalsey's picture

This was an easy chutney to make and so good I had to make another batch for giving as presents. Makes a cheese sandwich really great!

fkwool's picture

This is delicious!!!!!!!!

maz0102's picture

absolutely delicious. try it on paninis

chickenmom's picture

Delicious!! Made this yesterday so it still has to mature but already it tastes scrummy - can't wait to try with cold meats and cheese. The recipe was so easy although you need to watch that it doesn't catch during the final simmer! A great way to use rhubarb.

marmoizinho's picture

Used up all my rhubarb its great!!
Used garam masala instead of curry powder, added cardamom and chilli to spice it up a bit.
Sold loads of it.

wildiles's picture

No changes to the recipe. It excellant with cheese, but I have used it also with a starter to a meal - i.e. pate, salad etc.
Cannot make enough of it - my family and friends want me to keep making it!!! It must be good, my mother in law thinks I'm a wonderful cook, after making this, so that cannot be bad!!!

tubbyviv's picture

made this recipe for a local fete and sold every jar. it was very tasty.


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