TRADITIONAL FAMILY FILIPINO PICKLE
Atchara is a pickle made from grated unripe papaya and every home in the Philippines will have their own version of Atchara. In the Philippines you will find it at restaurants, cafes and streetfood stalls. Market traders also sell it in clear bags laid out on Bilao’s; a flat round-shaped rice winnower – a traditional implement used in the Philippines and usually made from woven wood.
I love my pickle with grilled foods such as pork BBQ and mackerel. Frankly, though, it would taste great with any grilled or BBQ’d food. I also love it nestled in a toasted cheese sandwich – something strong like Montgomery Chedder or Sussex Charmer. Though I recently tried Stichelton and Barkham Blue and the pickle was great with those too.
The other way is to take a fork and have one large mouthful straight from the jar – fresh, clean, crunchy and super tasty. The chilli warms your mouth, balanced out with the sweetness of the Sugar Cane vinegar and then you get the fresh crunch of the pickled vegetables – my mouth is actually watering as I write this!
Please give it a try and let me know what you think – I’m always interested to hear what customers have to say.