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Fruit flies

Posted by --- on Friday 28 August, 2009

Yesterday I decided to try making relish’s with the fruit we’ve grown.  I had a couple of large cucumbers that weren’t going to get eaten. I scoured the web and came up with these:

Cucumber & Green Tomato

  • 2 lb (900 g) green tomatoes
  • 2 lb (900 g) cucumbers
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 6 oz (175 g) white sugar
  • 1 pint (570 ml) white vinegar


  1. Chop all the vegetables finely. Put in layers in a large bowl, sprinkling each layer with the salt. Leave to stand overnight. Tip into a colander and drain well.
  2. Put the vinegar, sugar and spices into a pan and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and add the vegetables.
  3. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is fairly stiff but still moist.
  4. Pack the relish into hot, clean, sterilized jars, right to the top.
  5. Cover and seal immediately.
  6. Label when fully cool.

Makes 3 -4 lbs (1.4 kg – 1.8 kg) of Cucumber and Green Tomato Relish. Ready in about 4 weeks.

Cucumber and Pepper

  • 1 lb 8 oz (750 g) cucumber
  • 2 large red or yellow peppers
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 6 fl oz (175 ml) red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds


  • Cut the cucumbers in half lengthways and remove the seeds. Chop coarsely into a colander or sieve, sprinkle with the salt and leave for at least an hour.
  • Squeeze out the excess moisture.
  • Core, de-seed and thinly slice the peppers, put into a bowl with the lime juice and mix well.
  • Bring the vinegar to the boil and add the cucumber, peppers, lime juice and mustard seeds.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.

Makes about 1lb 12 oz (750 g) of relish.

I used all of the green tomatoes we had from two baskets and I had to buy another cucumber to make up the recipie. The recipes say to chop the veg but last time i made a relish, I left the pieces too big and I dont like it so I thought I’d chop it all small. It took ages, a good hour or more. The recipe then says to sprinkle with salt and leave. (Why is that? to remove the excess fluid? Why?) So I did and today it’s full of hundreds of fruit flies. And we have no more fruit to make more and this is just worm food. At least I’ve prepared it nicely for them…

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