Susan's Pineapple & Cucumber Relish

Thank you to Susan from Northland for sharing her recipe for Pineapple & Cucumber Relish in the Summer Harvest Recipe Competition.


  • 4 large cucumbers (approx 14-16 apple cucumbers)
  • 2 x 425g tins crushed pineapple
  • 8 onions
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp mild curry
  • 2 tsp tumeric
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (extra)
  1. Peel cucumbers if desired, slice lengthways, scoop out seeds and discard them, then slice the cucumber.
  2. Cut onions in half and slice.
  3. Combine all ingredients except cornflour.
  4. Boil well for a good 20 minutes (I put lid on to bring to bring to boil, but take off before moisture drips into pickle and dilutes it).
  5. Combine cornflour with 1/4 of cup of extra vinegar, add and stir for 5 minutes or until it thickens.

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Susan's Pineapple & Cucumber Relish Comments

  • Sounds good recipe passed on from friend.The only thing wrong I am new to this and not sure approx the recipe makes for getting sufficient jars. Going to make today so will have to wing it

    Janet Hodgson

  • I have made this and it is amazing I now make it all the time.

    Margaret Wineera

  • That's fantastic to hear Margaret - thanks for sharing this feedback. Jenna, Tui Team


  • What kind of onions are used in this recipe - white? brown?


  • Hi Carol, we suggest brown onions. Enjoy! Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team.


  • Looks fabulous - just querying the 14 - 16 Apple cucumbers . That's a huge number as min are rather large . Could you give an approximate weight ? Thanks


  • Hi Felicity, we are unsure of the approximate weight sorry. This recipe was submitted some time ago by a Tui reader. If your apple cucumbers are large we suggest trying around 12 instead. Thanks, Tui Team.


  • I'm house sitting at the moment. Garden apple cucumbers are abundant so I'm going to try this recipe to make good use of same


  • Hi Carole, sounds great we hope you enjoy the recipe! Tui Team


  • I'm on my second batch,i found it lovely then gave some to a mate and she loved it and could not stop raving on so looks like she gets another jar... Thanks sharing this relish...

    Michelle te whare

  • This is just grate with pork instead of plane ol apple sauce. Many thanks

    Michelle te whare

  • What would be the result if the seeds are included .


  • Hi Dianne, we haven't tried it with the seeds but would be interested to hear how you get on if you try it. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team.


  • Just made a batch. Had a little taste yum, thank you. How long can it be kept for not that I will think that will be a problem

    Deborah Myers

  • Hi - made this recipe last year, included the seeds, no problems at all and are eating the last jar now so it kept well


  • It’s a fantastic recipe. Highly recommend. Been using apple cucumbers including the seeds and turned out delicious. Also added mustard seeds, fresh dill and a bay leaf during the cooking process.


  • Hi Linda, that's fantastic to hear. Thanks for your feedback and tips for this recipe! Enjoy ^Tui Team


  • Everyone loved this recipe, I add can of drained crushed pineapple, adds a really nice sweetness its great.

    Prue from Tassie

  • Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your feedback Prue :) ^Tui Team


  • Is it okay to use the long green cucumber instead of apple cucumbers?


  • Hi Nancie, yes, just use 4 of the long cucumbers. Happy cooking!


  • Made this fab relish last yr so put in a couple more plants especially. It's been a bumper crop and I've mixed both types. It's a very tweakable recipe and I throw in some ginger

    Marilyn Ollett

  • Hi Marilyn, that's fantastic to hear, thanks for your feedback. We're glad you are enjoying this recipe each season. Happy gardening and cooking :) Jenna ^Tui Team


  • I have used this recipe for a couple of seasons now. It is so simple, uses up excess from the garden and makes a wonderful gift for people visiting. One of my favourite go to recipes.

    Simon Taylor

    • Hi Simon, that's wonderful to hear. It's a popular recipe and we're pleased to hear you enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your feedback. Happy gardening and cooking!

      Tui Team

  • I have been using this recipe for the past two years now and it is one of the best and easiest to make. The relish is delicious and we use it in the winter on all sort of things. Thank you, great way to use surplus cucumber.

    Simon Taylor

  • Made this for the first time and it's quite a lovely sweet relish. I think I would add a little extra curry and turmeric next time to spice it up a bit more. Was delicious with ham.


  • Hi Susan, can you tell me how many bottles/jars the relish fills?

    Bessie Fielding

  • Hi I would like to know if anyone has made this without peeling cucumbers please? And what the difference is from unpeeled or peeled?

    Teressa Gibb

    • Hi Teressa, I think it is personal preference if you peel the cucumbers or not. It would depend on how tough the skin of the cucumber is, if the skin is tough then it might be better to peel them. Let's hope others have tried this recipe without peeling the cucumbers.

      The Tui Team