While shuffling through the Autumn on James event in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago, we stumbled upon these tasty creations from Apthorpe Farm: Rhubarb and Chilli Relish and a usually dependable Tomato Relish. Apthorpe Farm is best known for its fresh avocados and rhubarb, but has recently branched out with its own line of relishes, which are all made from locally sourced produce, so there is a little taste of Queensland in each jar.
I know it's not a usual combo, but when I got these little jars of deliciousness home, I made up an avocado, smoked salmon & rocket open sandwich and went for a bit of Tomato Relish on top which actually worked a treat. Relishes can sometimes just have a generic sweet taste, but the tomato relish had a real condensed tomato flavour that it almost had a lovely sundried tomato taste to it.
The Rhubarb and Chilli Relish also went amazingly well on a small ploughman's platter I made up the next day, with crumbly vintage cheese and thick chunks of ham. Sadly, my camera wasn't working and my stomach was grumbling so this got eaten before any photographic evidence was captured... I was a bit concerned that the chilli in this relish would be overpowering, but there were no watery eyes at all and it actually worked really well by providing a sharp kick to the rhubarb. The rhubarb itself had that wonderful mix of tart and sweet flavours which just made relish so interesting and tasty.
If you relish a good sandwich topping, there are a bunch of other flavours available too including Zucchini Relish, Beetroot and Chilli Relish, Pumpkin Relish and Capsicum Relish.
Website: Apthorpe Farm