Green Tomato Chutney

At this time of year we usually have a fairly large number of green tomatoes left either in the greenhouse or on plants that have been grown outside. This year we grew a variety called “Tigerella” and we seem to have more than usual unripe fruit and so have decided to make green tomato chutney with some of them. We have used the recipe given below many times before. It is the simplest one that we know of.

Unripe tomatoes

Unripe Tigerella Tomatoes


  • 3.5lb (1.5kg) green tomatoes
  • 2 pints (1.13L) white malt vinegar
  • 1 lb (454g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 onion (about 6oz, 170g) finely chopped


Ripe tomato

Ripe Tigerella Tomato

Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and put into a large pan with the vinegar, sugar and salt. Heat gently, stir and dissolve the sugar. Add the spices and the onion, bring to the boil.

Boil gently, uncovered, for 1.5 – 2 hours by which time the mixture should be fairly thick.

Allow to cool slightly and then carefully pour into sterilised glass jars, seal and allow to cool before labelling.

You can re-use commercial jam jars provided that they are completely clean and sterile. Pay particular attention to the lids. If the lids are the “pop-up” type, make sure that they do pop down when the jars are cool.

This chutney will store quite well for a year or more.

Let us know what you think of the results.

3 Responses to “Green Tomato Chutney”

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