Cherry-Apricot Chutney

Liz Schmitt is a home chef whose cooking dramatically changed after her husband’s heart attack in 2011 and cutting back on salt became imperative. She blogs at Liz the Chef, specializing in low-sodium recipes, and loves Meyer lemons more than ever as a salt substitute and flavor booster. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Cherry Apricot Chutney

Canning is something that takes me back to my mother’s and grandmothers’ kitchens, a comforting ritual that evokes happy family memories for me. I’ve been making a version of this cherry-apricot chutney for several years, thanks to my friend, Mary Constant, whose cherry chutney recipe inspired me several summers ago.

For the “Unprocessed” challenge this October, I tweaked the recipe yet again, substituting honey for white sugar and using unsulfured dried apricots instead of the sugared dried cherries in the original recipe. Crystallized ginger (more sugar) wasn’t missed at all when I used grated fresh ginger, and cumin added the spicy note I wanted.

Cherry Apricot Chutney
5 from 3 votes

Cherry-Apricot Chutney

This delectable topping is perfect for those fall moments that this would add the perfect touch to your dish.

Course Sauce
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield 5 cups
Calories 748 kcal
Author Liz Schmitt


  • 2 cups clover or wildflower honey
  • 1 1/2 cups organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 pounds organic dark red cherries pitted
  • 1 pound organic apricots pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup dried unsulfured apricots, cut into quarters
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 Meyer lemon or any organic lemon (juiced and zested)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Using a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the honey, and cider vinegar until it begins to boil.

  2. Add the cherries, fresh and dried apricots, onion, lemon zest and juice, mustard seed, ginger, and cumin. Stir to mix well. Bring chutney to a boil, then lower temperature so that chutney barely bubbles.

  3. Cook over low heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Store in covered container in fridge for up to 1 month or can in sterile jars.
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October 22, 2012 8:31 am

What type of proteins would you suggest putting this on? sounds delicious! 🙂

Wendy Read
October 21, 2012 3:14 pm

5 stars
Gorgeous recipe Liz! Really like all the changes you have made here to get it “unprocessed”. In my experience, the flavor of the honey is wonderful, but it doesn’t have the same preserving qualities as that “awful” white sugar does. It will degrade in color and lose some consistency when I subsitute honey for the sugar in my preserves. As a home canner/user, I don’t think this matters at all–for me in terms of selling, I need to label these for a six month shelf life at the most–and nothing wrong with that to get the healthiest product onto our tables. Great post my friend!

October 21, 2012 12:21 pm

I think I owe all of you a jar of chutney X0

Laura @ Family Spice
October 21, 2012 10:44 am

All of those flavors mixed together really sounds delicious! You really are the chutney-queen, Liz! Thanks for showing how little tweaks to a recipe can make it unprocessed, better for you, and certainly more delicious!

October 21, 2012 10:37 am

5 stars
Yay Liz! So happy to see your guest post! With love, drbabs

October 21, 2012 10:14 am

Thanks, gang, I have to admit this chutney has become my favorite. I dropped the white sugar and don’t plan on using it again in future batches.

Stacy Spensley
October 21, 2012 10:11 am

Wow, that flavor combination is fascinating! I’m filing this one away for spring when I stock up on stone fruit. Can’t wait.

Mary Papoulias-Platis
October 21, 2012 9:49 am

Liz, you are the best at canning and your chutney’s. Have enjoyed reading your blog and all your recipes from your family!

October 21, 2012 8:37 am

Great sounding chutney! One of the surprises for me when doing my first #Unprocessed was that even home canned jams and chutneys can fail the unprocessed kitchen test, usually due to all the sugar! Great tweaks!, sounds delicious!

Beth (OMG! Yummy)
October 21, 2012 8:14 am

Wow – what a flavor combination. Just put this on my must-try list. I could imagine this going well with so many different proteins! Nice post.