Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

Try this easy recipe this fall with all those green stragglers leftover in your garden.

From Beyond Canning
Fall 2013

  • You will love this recipe so much that you may start harvesting your tomatoes early.
    Photo by Wendy Kiang-Spray

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This recipe is a re-creation of a sweet chutney I had at a wonderful restaurant in the Low Country of South Carolina. It was served as a condiment on a black bean burger but would be just as delicious alongside any protein or cheese platter. I like a homegrown sun-ripened tomato, but one taste of this chutney and I decided to put tomato plants in just for the green ones. If you don’t like the trio of ginger, clove and cinnamon, leave them out for a simple, sweet condiment that will go with anything.

Green Tomato Chutney Recipe


  • 3 pounds green tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 lemons
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons peeled, minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


DAY 1: Zest 3 lemons. It’s OK to include the inside white part of the peel. Cut peel into thin ribbons and set aside for tomorrow. Juice the 3 lemons. In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, mix tomatoes, onions, sugar, and lemon juice. Cover and allow to macerate overnight.

DAY 2: Prepare canner, heat lids in hot water, sterilize and heat jars. In a large stainless steel pot, combine lemon peel and water to cover. On medium-high heat, bring to boil. Boil for 5 minutes, or until peel is softened. Drain liquid. Add tomato mixture to pot. Over medium-high heat, boil until mixture thickens, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in ginger, ground cloves and cinnamon.

Fill jars with hot chutney, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if necessary. Wipe down rim of jar if necessary, put lid and ring on and tighten to fingertip-tight. Lower jars into canner, and be sure they’re completely covered by water. Bring to a boil and process for 20 minutes. Remove lid and wait 5 minutes, then remove jars and allow to sit undisturbed until cool.