Rubies in the Rubble makes really good relishes (made from food waste). This unique company was founded by a woman who was shocked to see all the fruit and veg markets in London discarding beautiful tomatoes, cranberries and mangoes, just because they weren’t ‘perfect’. Still edible, she got to work thinking of a way to make delicious chutneys and relishes, to sell at local markets. The items were so popular, this is now a national brand.
Ask your local indie health store or farm shop to stock the products. Or if no joy, you can order in bulk online, and stock up your store cupboard. As we come out of lockdown, indie shops and producers need all the help they can get. So if you don’t want to live in a world where you can only shop at supermarkets for supermarket brands, now’s your chance to try something new! Try:
- Classic Apple Relish is made from surplus apples with blemishes, from Kent. Perfect for your Ploughman’s.
- Pear & Fig Relish is made with slow-cooked surplus pears that would otherwise go to waste, mixed with warming root ginger & cinnamon. Ideal for Christmas. Or smother on vegan blue cheese.
- Chilli Onion Relish contains pink onions (a high-waste vegetable in the food industry). Try it with veggie burgers or with anything else.
- Piccalilli Relish is a sure favourite: crunchy pickled ‘wonky surplus cucumbers’, for a fresh-tasting mustard condiment. Ideal for veggie hot dogs (for children, cut into small round chunks).
- Spicy Tomato Relish simmers fresh tomatoes (from fallen wines or too heavy to fit in packaging pots) with roasted Indian spices.
The company also makes a tomato ketchup and a unique Banana Ketchup (from surplus crops). Ideal for Caribbean food, you can use it also as a dip or marinade. Also good with roasted veggies or curries.