Where to Buy: Wayne’s Fine Foods on Foodzie
Price: $4.99 per jar
The original Wayne’s Green Tomato Relish started in the 1950s as a clever way for Wayne to use up the unripened green tomatoes that remained in his garden every fall. People liked it so much, that he decided to enter it into the Macon County Fair (Macon County, IL). There it garnered a first prize blue ribbon (hence the “award winning” part of our moniker). The relish is delicious on grilled and spicy foods and for appetizer, alone on a cracker or dolloped over cream cheese.
What I Think:
I love trying unusual relishes and other condiments – and this one would certainly qualify as unusual. I can’t think of trying a relish made of green tomatoes before. But I’m really quite impressed with this.
The green tomatoes give the relish a nice texture and a mild, tangy flavor. There is a nice sweetness to this that reminds me of sweet chutney. Overall, its a very mellow flavored relish – a little sweet, a little sour. It’s very tasty and makes a great topping for a hot dog, which is how I am enjoying it today.
I like that not one ingredient dominates over the others. Even though this is a “green tomato” relish, it could have very easily been called something else, because I don’t think that the green tomatoes are the main flavor component. They are nicely balanced with the sweetness of the bell pepper, and the sour notes of the vinegar, and even the faintest hint of warmth from the onion. It’s really quite good, and something I would consider purchasing again!
My Final Thoughts:
I am really enjoying this relish. It is quite different from any other relish I’ve ever tasted. It has a very homemade feel to it – like something that the neighbor with the very prolific garden made and handed out to the neighbors for the holidays. This one rates very high on the YUM scale!