2016 NYS Fair 1st Place Zucchini Relish

October 31, 2016

Amy from Stuart's won a Blue Ribbon 1st Place Award at the New York State Fair for her Zucchini Relish. She credits Stuart's Spices star anise as the key flavor that made this recipe unique.

***This recipe is meant for home canning. If not canning, store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.***

10 cups peeled and finely diced zucchini
4 cups finely diced onion
2 tablespoons salt
1 cup water
2½ cups vinegar
1 tsp. Stuart's Spices Ground Mustard
2 tsp. Stuart's Spices Mustard Seed
4 cups sugar
1 tsp. Stuart's Spices Turmeric
2 tsp. Stuart's Spices Celery Seeds
5 Stuart's Spices Whole Star Anise 


  • Combine the zucchini, onion, water and salt. Stir to blend.
  • Place mixture in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Drain the mixture and rinse with cold water. Drain thoroughly. 
  • Place in a large pot and stir in the vinegar, mustard, mustard seed, sugar, turmeric and celery seeds. 
  • Place the whole star anise in a cheesecloth bag. Add this to the pot.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and discard the star anise bag.
  • Ladle into half pint jars, leaving ¼ inch head space.
  • If canning, process in boiling water for 10 minutes. 

Yields eight half-pint jars