Watermelon Rind Chutney could save up to 10 tonnes of waste a year

Fresh Direct’s Watermelon Rind Chutney

Fresh Direct’s Watermelon Rind Chutney

Fresh Direct has come up with an innovative food-waste solution with the development of a new Watermelon Rind Chutney.

Using surplus watermelon rind that would otherwise have been wasted, the foodservice supplier claims the creation will save 10 tonnes of waste a year.

The launch follows on from its Pickled Watermelon, which won a Great Taste Award.

Based on Indian chutneys and sambals, the new pickle combines the rind with spices including mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric, chilli, garlic and ginger, blended with sultanas, lemon and onions.

The result is described as “a vibrant, fragrant and mildly spicy chutney that works brilliantly as an accompaniment to poppadoms and curries as well as strong cheeses, and cured meats.”

Ian Nottage, head of food development at Fresh Direct, said: “As the UK’s leading supplier of fresh produce for foodservice, one of the challenges we set our development chefs is to focus on minimal waste cooking with customers, helping them to reduce waste by maximising the use of every part of the fruit or the vegetable.

“Therefore, we have no excuse for not putting into practice what we preach. Rather than treat the rind of the watermelon as a waste product, we’ve taken it and turned a potential negative into a delicious product.

“The Watermelon Chutney has only recently been developed and it is already receiving rave reviews. And, based on our estimates, we anticipate that, over the course of a year, we can turn 10 tonnes of potential waste into tasty products that chefs across the country can be proud to serve.”