This tangy, zesty, sweet peppermint and apple pickle with an unusual hit of native Australian Peppermint Gum is the perfect condiment for meats, cheese and delicious addition to sandwiches. As they’re well-known best friends, the minty flavour of this works so well with a classic roast lamb with the slow-cooked apples adding the perfect amount sweetness.
By sealing the jar and leaving for a month before use, it allows the flavours to really mature and marry together well and also creates a slight fermentation that not only adds an amazing flavour but wonderful gut-healing properties too.
Spices used in this recipe
Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon Sticks, or quills, are obtained from the inner bark of a variety of trees from the Cinnamomum genus. The dried cinnamon quills are characterised by their light brown colour and thin rolled shape, as well as it’s warm, sweet and delicate fragrance. It is used to flavour poached fruits, tagines and curries, as well as baked goods.$3.45
Pepper Berries come from a shrub that grows in the alpine regions of Tasmania and south-east mainland of Australia. The berries have a bright purple or dark blue colour with intense heat, complex fruity flavour and sweet aroma. They are characterised by their versatility and are hotter than conventional peppercorns. Use it in any dish to spice it up with a peppery zing.$4.99
Mustard powder is made when the yellow seeds are finely milled, and are used more often than the whole seeds as it provides more flavour with less effort. Mustard powder has a mild and slight sweet flavour and pungent aroma. The powder can be mixed with water to form a mustard paste to flavour bbq meats. It releases an earthy aroma when cooked and a savoury and tangy taste. Yellow powder is commonly used in the Western cuisine. It is key ingredient in the Indian blend Panch Phora.
Sea Salt Flakes White
Salt is not a spice specifically but one of the most common condiments required for seasoning and a key ingredient in any pantry. Sea Salt flakes are used to flavor various recipes both savory or sweet. Australian Sea salt is obtained using a more complex process than table salt, which includes evaporating seawater. Due to this process sea salt contains trace minerals and nutrients that table salt does not have. Our sea salt is specifically obtained from the Great Barrier Reef. Sea salt flakes have a soft and sheer texture. The flakes can easily dissolve over the food.$6.95
Australian Native Peppermint Gum
Australian Native Peppermint gum grows in the woodlands and forests of South Eastern Australia and has peppermint flavoured leaves which are glossy grey to grey-brown. The essential oils in the leaves smell like Peppermint and Eucalyptus gum and taste slightly minty. Use in sweet and savoury dishes for an aromatic minty kick.$4.99
Pour vinegar into a saucepan and add sugar, seasoning, and spices.
Simmer 30 minutes, then strain.
Add apple and onion and continue to cook gently for 10 mins.
Remove from heat and stir in the Peppermint Gum. Cool.
When cold, pack apple and onions into jars and cover with the spiced vinegar.
Seal the jar and leave for a month before use.
Delicious with cold lamb.