Fresh Direct, a supplier of fresh produce for foodservice, has unveiled its latest innovation aimed at tackling food waste: Watermelon Rind Chutney. This new offering follows the success of their Pickled Watermelon.
Watermelon Rind Chutney is a creative solution that utilises surplus watermelon rind that would typically go to waste. Drawing inspiration from Indian chutneys and sambals, this pickle combines the rind with a harmonious blend of spices, including mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric, chilli, garlic and ginger.
Complemented with plump sultanas, lemon and onions, the result is a vibrant, fragrant and mildly spicy chutney. It serves as an accompaniment to various dishes such as poppadoms and curries, as well as complementing strong cheeses and cured meats.
Ian Nottage, head of food development at Fresh Direct, said: “As the UK’s leading supplier of fresh produce for foodservice, one of the challenges we set our development chefs is to focus on minimal waste cooking with customers, helping them to reduce waste by maximising the use of every part of the fruit or the vegetable”.
“Therefore, we have no excuse for not putting into practice what we preach. Rather than treat the rind of the watermelon as a waste product, we’ve taken it and turned a potential negative into a delicious product.”
He continued: “The Watermelon Chutney has only recently been developed and it is already receiving rave reviews. And, based on our estimates, we anticipate that, over the course of a year, we can turn 10 tonnes of potential waste into tasty products that chefs across the country can be proud to serve.”
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