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!
It seems that as soon as the first of the month arrives, I begin to grow anxious at the arrival of my Foodzie tasting box! I start visiting the Foodzie website (and their Facebook page) daily to see if they’ve offered any sneak peeks as to what they might be sending in the box. I know I’ve said this before: it’s a little like Christmas morning when the box arrives. The box is packaged so beautifully and it’s packed FULL of goodies. YUM!
As usual, the map card was also tucked inside the box. These map cards offer a brief description of each item on one side, and a map of the United States with a flag to highlight the point of origin for each item. Here’s the scan of both sides of the card (just click on either side of the card for a larger view):
In addition, there was also a recipe card for the Savory Cornbread Pudding – the winning recipe for June from the Foodzie Blogger panel.
This month, we also got a little “something extra” inside our box: a reusable produce bag from Flip and Tumble! These are durable bags I will use again and again! I am excited with the variety of samples that arrived this month! I will definitely keep you posted as I try each one!