Tamarillo and Mango Chutney

, from Issue #18. September, 2015
Photography by Vanessa Wu.
Tamarillo and Mango Chutney


8 red tamarillos
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 red onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne – optional
1 mango, firm but ripe
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
½ cup sultanas
¾ cup cider vinegar
zest and juice of 1 orange
¾ cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon salt


Cut a small cross in the base of each tamarillo. Blanch in boiling water for 20 seconds or until the skin peels away easily. Don’t leave them in the water too long or the flesh will start to go mushy.

Refresh in cold water. Peel, remove the stalks and cut into quarters.

Heat the oil in a medium, heavy-based saucepan and cook the onion until golden and caramelised. Add the garlic, ginger, allspice and the cayenne and cook for 2 minutes. Peel the mango and cut the flesh into medium sized pieces. Add to the saucepan with the remaining ingredients and cook gently for 1 hour until reduced and syrupy.

A simmer mat is good for long, slow cooking. Stir occasionally but gently, to prevent the chutney catching on the base.

Cool. Refrigerate in sealed containers. Makes about 4 cups