You see here a couple of green, unripe pineapples that no one in their right mind would pick. However, at the beginning of the season, when the desire for a lovely, sweet, fresh pineapple overrides common sense, we usually make this mistake at least once, thinking maybe it's ready. Hope prevails. Both Bob and I did it. They sat around for a week or more, and I could see those guys were never going to ripen up. Meanwhile really, truly ripe ones were happening.
Cooking them into a tangy chutney was the solution. Lots of wonderful spices, red peppercorns, cranberries, you get the picture. A double rescue.
Green Pineapple Chutney with Cranberries
2 smallish pineapples (don't necessarily have to be unripe though that's where part of the tangy comes in, otherwise you would need to add more vinegar)
1 1/3 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
20 or so curry leaves (or you could use curry powder)
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon sumac
1/2 teas. turmeric
1 teas. salt
1/4 teas. cinnamon
1/8 teas. clove powder
1/4 teas. red chili powder, or chili, minced (to taste)
1/2 teas. red peppercorns
Peel, core and dice the pineapple finely. Measure into a glass measuring cup. There should be at least 2 cups.
In a small saucepan toast the seeds until fragrant, adding the curry leaves after a minute or so, then add the turmeric, stir over medium heat, adding in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until chutney reaches desired thickness. Refrigerate, and serve to deserved acclaim, with curries, meat or fish dishes or with cream cheese as an appetizer spread.
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