Forest Honey & Kamokamo Relish Recipe - Honey Recipes by Manawa Honey NZ
Forest Honey & Kamokamo Relish Recipe - Honey Recipes by Manawa Honey NZ

Forest Honey & Kamokamo Relish

This relish is an easy recipe for beginners, even if you have never canned a thing in your life!

Use this delicious relish as an accompaniment with cold meats, especially corned or pickled meat in sandwiches. You can also use it to spice up some of your favourite dishes.

Recipe by Brenda Tahi, CEO Manawa Honey NZ


🍴 Makes 12 x 500ml jars | 🕑 Prep time: 1½ hours + overnight

Ingredients

18 cups kamokamo kōtawa, chopped in chunks

6 cups onion chopped in chunks

3 litres water

1 ¾ cup salt

1 c plain white flour

2 T dry mustard

2 T curry powder

1 T turmeric

1 good tsp ground ginger

3/4 tsp cayenne pepper

3 cups Manawa Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey

2 litres malt vinegar

Directions

  1. Chop kamokamo and onions into chunks of about 10-15mm across and place in a large non-metallic bowl or basin.
  2. Dissolve salt in the water and pour over the vegetables. Leave overnight.
  3. Drain vegetables well and then place in a large saucepan.
  4. Cover vegetables with the vinegar and add the Manawa Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey and the spices.
  5. Bring to a simmer then cook for 10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Mix flour and some additional vinegar to get a smooth cream, and add this slowly whilst stirring to the pickle to thicken it.
  7. Simmer for another 3-5 minutes, to ensure the relish has entirely thickened, stirring from time to time to avoid sticking to the pan.
  8. Put into warm sterilised jars and and cover tightly.
  9. Keep for at least 2 weeks before using. Makes 12 x 500ml jars or 17 x 350 ml jars.

Notes

  1. Kamokamo is a type of pumpkin that goes orange with a very thick hard skin when mature. Whilst we love to eat kamokamo in this state, we prefer them when they are at the young immature stage, still green, well before the hard skin develops. This is what we call kotawa. We use kotawa for a steamed or boiled vegetable, that makes a spectacular mash with potato, kumara or pumpkin.
  2. If you do not have kamokamo kotawa then you can use other vegetables such as cauliflower, shallots, courgettes, and beans.
  3. We used Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey, with a full deep flavour, to complement the mustard and other spices in this relish. You could also use Rewarewa or Tāwari Honey if you have it instead.
  4. We like the deep colour and taste given the relish by malt vinegar but you can use white vinegar if you prefer a lighter colour. To hold with the lighter colour, I would use Tāwari Honey rather than a darker honey alternative.
  5. This recipe makes a big batch of relish because that’s what we need for our home – we just love it as condiment for any cut of meat, with tomatoes and other vegetables, and with cheeses. We also find that we have so much kamokamo coming from the garden that this is a good way to use it! If you want to make a smaller batch just half the ingredients but keep to the same directions for this recipe – do not half the brine soaking or cooking time.
  6. This recipe brings you the best of a mustard pickle where the vegetables are prepared and cooked to keep some crunch, along with the best of a tasty relish from the balance of the honey sweet and spices.

Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey 500g

NZD $13.99

Finalist 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held USA 2021. Also won Bronze Medal in NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards 2021.

Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey is a fusion of tree honeys from a special place deep in the heart of Te Urewera forest. Each season brings into this unique honey varying combinations of forest nectars such as Rewarewa, Tāwari, Tawhero, Hinau, Kānuka and Mānuka.

Also available raw in 3kg and 5kg pails.

Raw Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey: Limited Edition – 3kg

NZD $49.90

Finalist 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held USA, and Bronze Medal in NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards in 2021.

Our 3kg limited edition pail – special vintage of raw honey from Ohāua-te-Rangi, deep in Te Urewera forest. This honey is a fusion of forest tree honeys – Rewarewa, Tawari and Tawhero. Pure and natural, capturing the essence of our forest.

Also available in 6kg pails.

Raw Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey: Limited Edition 6kg

NZD $89.90

Finalist 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held USA 2021. Also won Bronze Medal in NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards 2021.

Our 6kg limited edition pail – special vintage of raw honey from Ohāua-te-Rangi, deep in Te Urewera forest. This honey is a fusion of forest tree honeys – Rewarewa, Tawari and Tawhero, and other forest trees. Pure and natural, capturing the essence of our forest.

Also available in raw in 3kg pails and creamed in 500g jars.

 

 

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