I was up in historic-but-hip Hudson, New York this weekend enjoying the charms of the Mid-Hudson region in general. While in Hudson, I stopped in at Olde Hudson, a wonderfully select but spacious specialty food store – catering to the town’s sophisticated palate – on Warren Street, its main thoroughfare.
It was here I found, among many other treasures, a jar of Chutney Fever, specifically Date Cranberry Chutney ($9.99), on the shelves. Firstly, how could I possibly resist a product called Chutney Fever? Secondly, how could I pass up trying an organic product from the Fingerlake Region, from a town called Trumansburg, NY? Obviously, I couldn’t, because here it is in my kitchen ready to be consumed.
If you’re in any way iffy on the notion of spicy fruit, consider the following. Mexican salsa is technically tomato (a fruit) mixed with hot minced peppers, among other ingredients. Thai green papaya salad so masterfully lends heat to refreshing and juicy papaya – it’s genius. Indian chutney goes further to mix fire with sweetness in a thick jam-like spread, and what you get is an intriguing blend that’s great on many different kinds of bases: protein – chicken or duck; dairy – yogurt or ice cream; or bread – naan or dosa.
We’ve all tasted a lot of mango chutney, but who’s tried date cranberry? The dates give the spread body and richness, the cranberries give it zing. Chutney Fever gave this blend just a touch of heat for kick.
If you don’t plan to be in Hudson, the easiest way to get your hands on this or other Chutney Fever products is to visit the CULINARY KIOSK for organic specialty foods. There you can find many more varieties of Chutney Fever from Jae’s Organic Food, including Mango Mustard, Blueberry Orange and Apricot Ginger. A three-pack is $19.99.
Happy hunting . . . Anne