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What is a “relish” and how is it different from “jam”?
You might say that jams, chutneys, and relishes are similar, as all are a course sauce, if it were not for the far stronger pickled flavor (vinegars, salts, herbs and/or spices), sometimes dominating a staple dish. And although sweeter relishes are not rare, most would likely agree that a pickled relish is different enough to warrant its own category to separate it from sweetened jam. 😉
The condiment called “relish” has its origins in India and has since become popular worldwide. It is a cooked, pickled, or chopped vegetable or fruit food topping. The North American “relish,” is usually a pickled cucumber jam (sometimes corn) popular on hot dogs, hamburgers, and fish sandwiches.
~paraphrased very loosely from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relishes
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