River Cottage Australia



Try your hand at Paul West's crab apple relish! This relish is great used immediately as a condiment for pork or left to mature over 3 months.  The crab apple used on the show is known as “Jack Humm”.  Many beliefs stem from crab apples, mostly to do with love and marriage partners. An example is throwing pips into the fire whilst saying the name of your true love, if the pip explodes the love is true.


  • 1kg crab apples, peeled and cored*

  • 125g red onion, roughly chopped

  • 2 large cloves peeled garlic

  • 150ml cider vinegar

  • 1 tspn salt

  • 1 tspn cumin seeds

  • 1 tspn coriander seeds

  • 1 tspn ground ginger

  • ½ tspn chilli flakes

  • 150g demerara sugar

  • Olive Oil


  • 1.

    Preheat your oven to 150 C. Put your vegetables and fruit in a roasting tray and dredge with olive oil. Roast until the vegetables and fruit just begin to colour (about 30 mins).

  • 2.

    While the veg and fruit is roasting, toast the cumin and coriander separately. Grind in a mortar and pestle and add the ground ginger and chilli flakes.

  • 3.

    When the veg and fruit are ready, blend all of the ingredients together (except the sugar) with 400ml water. The mix should be thick and pulpy.

  • 4.

    Place a large saucepan on the stove on medium heat. Add the ingredients from the blender along with the sugar and stir to combine.

  • 5.

    Add a little more water if you need a thinner consistency. Bring the mix to the boil and simmer 25 – 35 mins. The mix will reduce a little and darken.

  • 6.

    Pour into sterilised jars.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 231kj
  • Fat Total 3g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Protein 1g
  • Carbohydrate 51g
  • Sugar 42g
  • Sodium 399mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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* Tart apples such as granny smiths are a good substitute for crab apples in this recipe.

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