Crab Apple Chutney

Make this chutney for dipping, topping, or as the base to a Curried Crab Apple Sauerkraut Salad.



From "The Fruit Forager’s Companion"
May 2018

  • Serve this chutney during the holidays for a complimentary flavor.
    Photo by Sara Bir
  • Learn how to forage and cook with fruit found in your neighborhood in Sara Bir’s “The Fruit Forager’s Companion”.
    Cover courtesy Chelsea Green

Yield: 2 – 2 1⁄2 cups

The Fruit Forager’s Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond (Chelsea Green 2018) by Sara Bir shares how to forage, ferment, cook, and bake using ingredients found in your neighborhood. This chutney can be sweet or savory depending on the mood. 

Chopping crab apples is slow going. Here is the only recipe I will do it for. This chutney is great with gamy or smoked meats, or even smoked cheese. It’ll also earn a spot at your Thanksgiving spread, whether you serve turkey or not. It’s best made with larger crab apples — they are much easier to core — that aren’t very tannic. The sage really makes this, but you can use other forceful fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary. If you have fresh sauerkraut around, you can easily make a batch of Curried Crab Apple Sauerkraut Salad.


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