Green Tomato Chutney

Green Tomato Chutney - make use of end of season tomatoes with this sweet and vinegary green tomato chutney (green tomato relish) made with unripe tomatoes.

Tomato Chutney made from end of season tomatoes
Elise Bauer

End of Season Tomatoes? Try Green Tomato Chutney

As the days grow shorter at the end of summer, and the tomato season winds down, our tomato plants are loaded with green, unripe tomatoes. Some may still get enough sunlight and warmth to turn red, but I'm thinking most will not.

If you grow garden tomatoes, what do you do with end-of-season green ones?

Green Tomatoes in bowl for tomato chutney
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My mother picks them and lets them ripen indoors. I like making fried green tomatoes, and I may yet try to make a mock apple pie made with green tomatoes. Other ideas?

sliced Green Tomato for green tomato relish
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Green Tomato Chutney

This green tomato chutney is one way to make excellent use of end of season tomatoes! You can store it in the fridge, or can it for later. Here are just a few delicious ideas for using this chutney:

  • Serve alongside baked chicken or pork chops
  • Use it as a relish for hot dogs
  • Serve as a lovely side for crab cakes
  • Top a cracker with the relish and a little cream cheese for an appetizer

Green Tomato Chutney

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Total Time 75 mins
Servings 96 servings
Yield 3 pint jars

These instructions include instructions for canning the green tomato chutney. If you plan on storing in the refrigerator and using up within a few months, you can skip the sterilization and canning steps (steps 1 and 4).


  • 2 1/2 pounds firm green tomatoes, about 7 cups, cored and chopped

  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed

  • 1 cup chopped red onion

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger

  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds

  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • Pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Sterilize the jars and lids:

    Place a steamer rack in a large (16 quart) pot, and place the jars on the rack. Fill the jars and the pot with water up to the rim of the jars.

    If you don't have a rack you can place a clean dish towel at the base of the pot. You want to prevent the glass jars from touching the bottom of the pot which can get quite hot and cause the glass to crack.

    Put the burner on high and heat until a rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes. To sterilize the lids, place them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them.

  2. Put all ingredients into a large pot and cook them 45 minutes:

    Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized (about 4 qt) thick-bottomed pot.

    ingredients in bowl for green tomato chutney
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    boiling end of season tomatoes for green tomato chutney
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    Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

  3. Scoop chutney into jars:

    Remove the jars from the pot of hot water (reserving the water if you plan to can for shelf storage.). Scoop the green tomato chutney into the jars, filling them to 1/4 of an inch from the rim.

    Canning green tomato relish
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    Wipe the rims with a clean wet paper towel. Place sterilized lids on the jars. Secure with canning rings.

  4. Process filled jars in a water bath:

    Place the filled jars back on the steamer rack in the pot of hot water. Make sure the jars are covered with an inch of water.

    Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes, or 20 minutes if you are at altitudes between 1000 and 6000 feet.

    canned green tomato relish
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    Remove the jars from the pot and place on a dish towel spread out on your counter. Allow the jars to cool completely.

    The jar lids should make a popping sound as they seal. If a lid doesn't seal for some reason, store the jar in the refrigerator.

Green Tomato Chutney in glass jar with condiment spoon
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
19 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 96
Amount per serving
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.