At the Food and Drink Fest back in April, I was really excited about visiting Manning Canning’s booth. I purchased their Ploughman’s Pickle which is a British brown pickle. Fresh, flavourful and not too sweet – it is delicious! Not to mention, the Ploughman’s Pickle is made in Toronto by Christine Manning using locally sourced produce.
Traditionally used as part of a ploughman’s lunch (cheese, bread, butter, onion and ale), the pickle can have a diverse use. Try it with your favourite summer BBQ items and then in the winter with a hearty meat pie or sausage.
Essentially, I would call it a relish, due to its consistency, and I use it on burgers, hotdogs and sandwiches. It is especially nice with a charcuterie board or cheese tray. I find the Ploughman’s Pickle has a more diverse use than the sweet relish many of us are used to. I also really enjoy the story about how this Manning Canning British brown pickle got its name, “That’s not Branston Pickle“.
You can get Manning Canning products in Hamilton at the Mustard Seed Coop. You can also visit the Manning Canning website to order their products online and find a variety of other retailers.