Choko pickle

Turn the pear-shaped South American vegetable into a delicious sandwich condiment.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking
  • Makes 5 Cup
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Don't let any of your veggies go to waste, turn them into a selection of tangy pickles for later in the year.
Now you've started your pickling journey, continue on with our favourite preserved fruits and vegetables from classic bread and butter pickles to Vietnamese pickled carrot and even pickled eggs thrown in for good measure.


Choko pickle
  • 1 kilogram (2 pounds) chokoes, peeled, cored, chopped finely
  • 2 large brown onions (400g), chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup (70g) coarse cooking salt (kosher salt)
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 cup (440g) white (granulated) sugar
  • 2 cup (500ml) white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, extra


Choko pickle
  • 1
    Combine choko, onion and salt in large non-metallic bowl; stand 2 hours. Rinse and drain well.
  • 2
    Combine vegetables with curry powder, mustard powder, sugar and vinegar in large saucepan; stir over high heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes or until pickle is thick.
  • 3
    Blend cornflour with extra vinegar in small bowl until smooth; stir into pickle. Simmer, stirring, about 5 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens.
  • 4
    Spoon hot pickle into hot sterilised jars; seal immediately. Label and date jars when cold.


Wear disposable gloves when preparing chokoes as they will leave a sticky residue on your skin. Store pickle in a cool, dark place for at least three weeks before opening. Refrigerate after opening. Serve with cold meats and cheese.

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