feijoa chutney

I’ve been hunting for this one for awhile and I finally found it. Digby Law is a celebrated Kiwi chef and he has a beautiful little preserving book titled Digby Law’s Pickle and Chutney Cookbook. Containing 300 recipes for traditional chutneys, relishes, pickles, sauces etc, it contains this popular recipe for a sweet fruit chutney featuring feijoa.


Makes 3 litres


  • 1kg feijoas
  • 500g onions
  • 300g raisins
  • 500g pitted dates
  • 500g brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups malt vinegar


  1. Wipe feijoas, trim ends and finely slice by hand.
  2. Finely chop onions. Coarsely chop raisins and dates.
  3. Combine in a large saucepan, bring to the boil, and cook gently for 1½ – 2 hours until the chutney is thick. Make sure it doesn’t catch on the bottom of the saucepan.
  4. Spoon into hot clean jars, and seal.

Digby Law’s Pickle & Chutney Cookbook is a New Zealand classic used and respected by home cooks and professionals alike. This indispensable reference contains 300 easy-to-make recipes for chutneys, relishes, sauces, oils, pickles, jellies, vinegars and mustards. Discover traditional preserves from Europe and North America, exotic specialties from Asia and Latin America, and enjoy familiar New Zealand favourites. This classic deserves a place in every New Zealand kitchen.

Hachette New Zealand Ltd, 2006, pb, 216pp, AU$24.99

7 thoughts on “feijoa chutney

  1. Would it still be okay if I used white vinegar? I need to make it gluten-free, which malt vinegar isn’t.

  2. I made this and it really is outstandingly good. I love it on crackers with aged cheddar. Some people like to leave chutneys to mellow and develop for a month or two, but I loved this best when it was first made. So nice and sharp and tangy, with an amazingly complex flavour that was quite diminished after a month and would be a shame to miss. Great recipe, thanks for posting!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: