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Top 10 Gourmet Chutney Brands

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Chutney is a traditional Indian condiment that is made from fruit, sugar, and spices. It's a wonderfully versatile ingredient to have in the kitchen. Chutneys are good for more than just Indian dishes. Try chutneys as an accompaniment to cheese, as a sauce for meats (especially pork, lamb, and chicken), stirred into rice, as a sandwich spread, or even over ice cream.

1. The Palatable Pair

Brilliant! Wonderfully fresh tasting chutneys in three flavors: Apple Peach Infusion, Tomato Explosion, and Piquant Pear. Nice chunky consistency with deep, rich flavors. The Palatable Pear is a small Kansas City company headed by the husband and wife team, Chef Kevin Miller and Susan Miller. Beautiful 10.5 ounce jars make great gifts.

2. Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Chutney
Stonewall Kitchen is one of my favorite specialty foods companies. Their chutneys are delicious. Chunky, with lots of fruit and spices, well balanced. Flavors include Apple Cranberry Chutney, Fresh Mango Chutney, and Old Farmhouse Chutney. Nice packaging, great for gift giving. Stonewall Kitchen is a New England company with headquarters in Maine.

3. McNulty's 7 Fruit Chutney

McNulty's 7 Fruit Chutney is one of the best chutneys you will find anywhere on the market. Sweet and zingy with large chunks of fruit and gorgeous color. The fruit retains a nice crunchy texture. Absolutely delicious!

This North Carolina company uses a 50-year-old family recipe to create this culinary treasure. The '7 Fruit' refer to the main ingredients: peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, grapes, pineapple and raisins. The spices used, including ginger and curry, give this chutney a very traditional flavor.

4. The Virginia Chutney Company

Clare and Nevill Turner know about chutney. Clare grew up in East Africa and Nevill in England and they met in the Caribbean where they made chutney together. Their company is located in Washington, Virginia where they specialize in Southern-style chutneys which are sweeter and a little spicy. They go well with pork and chicken dishes. Varieties include Spicy Plum, Hot Peach, Mango, Sweet Peach, and Rhubarb. The chutneys are made with all natural ingredients and can be found in Whole Food stores across the country and specialty shops along the East coast.

5. Wild Thymes Farm

Wild Thymes make all of their products right on the farm located in New York’s Hudson Valley. These chutneys aren't as chunky as most you'll find but they are popping with flavor. Great stuff! Flavors include Plum Currant Ginger Chutney, Carribean Peach Lime Chutney, Apricot Cranberry Walnut Chutney, and Mango Papaya Chutney.

6. Neera's Chutneys

The Cinnabar Specialty Foods company is located in Arizona. Neera's Chutneys are named after their creator, Neera Tandon, a native of India. Neera's Chutneys come in a variety of wonderful flavors, both traditional and more creative examples. Mango Chutney, Pear Cardamom Chutney, Tomato Mint Chutney, Peach Chutney, Hot Vegetable Chutney, and Ginger Pineapple Chutney. For something really exotic, check out the Ginger Pineapple Chutney with green ginger, fennel, jalapenos, and cashews. Wow!

7. New England Cranberry Company

New England Cranberry is a Massachusetts company that specializes in craberry products. Their chutneys have a sweet, fruity flavor. Varieties include Cranberry Chutney, Cranberry Mango Chutney, and Cranberry Apple Chutney.

8. Busha Browne Company

Busha Browne is a Jamaican company. Their products reflect Jamaican cookery and are made with produce from local small farmers. Available in two styles: Original Banana Chutney and Spicy Fruit Chutney. Banana Chutney is great with cheese or over ice cream. Busha Browne chutneys are available for sale online or at certain gourmet food stores like Dean & Deluca and Whole Foods.

9. Sukhi's Indian Food

Lucky for us Sukhi Singh left her native India to make her home in America (by way of England). We can now enjoy some truly wonderful and authentic India food products from the company she started. Sukhi's chutneys are packed with fruit and exotic spices. Flavors include Mango Chutney, Hot Mango Chutney, Tomato Chutney, Tamarind Chutney, Green Chili Chutney, and Apple Chutney. Sukhi also teaches at the California Culinary Academy and the Culinary Institute of America.

10. Bombay Emerald Chutney Company

Although only a couple of years old, the Bombay Emerald Chutney Company is making a big name for itself. Simply made with the freshest ingredients, it's like you made it yourself (minus the work). Flavors include Royal Mint, Royal Plum, Royal Tomato, Royal Cranberry, Royal Pomegranate. The Mint and Tomato Chutneys are on the spicy side, while the rest are sweeter. I'm a big fan of the Royal Pomegranate.

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