Looking for a delicious way to boost your gut health? Look no further than fermented apple chutney! This vibrant condiment combines the sweet and tart flavours of apples and lemons with a touch of heat from chilies and a hint of licorice from fennel seeds. But beyond its delightful taste, fermented apple chutney is a powerhouse of probiotics – the good kind of bacteria that contribute to a healthy microbiome.


A Symphony of Flavours for Your Gut

Fermentation is an ancient food preservation technique that not only extends shelf life but also creates beneficial bacteria. In the case of this chutney, the fermentation process breaks down the natural sugars in the apples and other ingredients, creating lactic acid. This acid not only gives the chutney its tangy flavour but also fosters the growth of probiotics. These gut-friendly microbes can help improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and even boost your immune system!

The taste of this chutney is a delightful dance between sweet, sour, and spicy. The apples provide a natural sweetness, balanced by the tartness of the lemons. The chilies add a subtle heat that warms you up without overpowering the other flavours. Finally, the fennel seeds lend a touch of licorice complexity, making this chutney truly unique.


Apple Chutney

A quick and easy Apple Chutney that is good for gut health!
Course Condiment, Fermentation
Cuisine Asian


  • 1 Preserving jar 1 litre size


  • 8 apples peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 125 ml whey
  • 80 grams raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey ideally raw
  • 1 chilli cleaned, seeded and kept whole
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp celtic sea salt.


  • Place everytying in a 1 litre preserving jar
  • Make sure everything is nicely packed together and that it is covered with fluids, this may require you to add some filtered water or brine
  • Close the jar and leave it on room temperature for a couple of days to start the fermentation process
  • Remove the chilli after a couple of days
  • Keep in the refridgerator after the fermentation process finished




Keyword Fermentation, GAPS, NT, SCD, Traditional, WAPF

Beyond the Jar: How to Enjoy Your Fermented Apple Chutney

The beauty of chutney is its versatility. Here are some delicious ways to incorporate fermented apple chutney into your meals:

  • Cheese Platter: This chutney pairs beautifully with a variety of cheeses, from creamy brie to sharp cheddar. Its sweet and spicy notes complement the richness of the cheese, making it a delightful addition to any cheese board.
  • Sandwich Spreader: Elevate your lunchtime routine by spreading a spoonful of chutney on your favourite sandwich. It adds a burst of flavour and a touch of tang to any combination – only suitable when not working on recovering gut health as grains and breads are not recommended. 
  • Curry Enhancer: Give your curries a flavour boost by stirring in a spoonful of chutney towards the end of cooking. The chutney’s complex flavours will add a new dimension to your curry.
  • Meat Accompaniment: This chutney is a fantastic accompaniment to grilled chicken, roasted pork, or even a simple veggie burger. Its tangy sweetness cuts through richness and adds a welcome depth of flavour.

So, the next time you’re looking for a way to add a gut-healthy punch to your meals, try whipping up a batch of fermented apple chutney. It’s easy to make, bursting with flavour, and good for you – a true win-win!


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