Review of Love Pickle
Love Pickle has launched their own range of homemade contemporary Indian pickles. Made from ripe tomatoes, fresh chillies, garlic, ginger, mustard oil and seeds plus a selection of carefully selected quality herbs and spices. There are four different varieties;
Mild – gentle hum of chilli and spice, perfect as a dip or marinade.
Medium – a stronger flavour with a dash more heat
Hot – a more fiery spiced pickle
Extra hot- extremely fierce chilli and heat, not for the faint hearted!
Love Pickle kindly sent me a jar of their Mild pickle to sample.
When I opened the jar you are instantly hit by the sweet spiced scent of the tomatoes. The texture is coarse yet soft and not mushed to a paste. Chunks of tomatoes (with skins) and green chillies with flecks of spices and mustard seeds are mixed throughout. The pickle is thick but not drenched in oil unlike other branded pickles. It’s blood orange colour is vibrant, and tasted fruity, sweet and spicy. It reminded me of a sundried tomato tapenade or tomato relish/puree I’ve eaten before, tangy spreadable but ripened with sweetness.
I was very impressed with how authentic Love Pickle tasted; a balanced condiment of spice to fruit, not too heavy on the mustard oil and chilli. The heat of the spices and chillies, are quite delicate and give off a warming sensation. The tomato chilli combination was a fantastic change from the usual mango or lime. Eaten as a dip or alternative to ketchup or a salsa Love Pickle is a perfect served alongside naan bread or poppadoms