Major Grey's Chutney

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A clear glass bottle from the 1904 World’s Fair containing Sun Brand Major Grey’s Chutney.

Major Grey's Chutney is a type of chutney, reputedly created by a 19th-century British Army officer of the same name who, though likely apocryphal,[1][2][3] presumably lived in British India.[4][5] Its characteristic ingredients are mango, raisins, vinegar, lime juice, onion, tamarind extract (occasionally), sweetening, and spices.[3][4][6]

It has been described as a mild chutney compared to others that have a spicier flavour profile.[6] In 1982, Major Grey's Chutney was described as being the most popular type of chutney used in the United States.[6]

The product was long associated with Sharwood’s Mango Chutney, Major Grey version, but this is no longer manufactured for sale in the United Kingdom.

Commercial varieties[edit]

Vegetable samosas with Major Grey's Chutney

Commercial Major Grey's Chutney products typically contain similar ingredients, with some variations occurring in the formulations of the various products.[6]


Major Grey's Mango Chutney is manufactured by Sun Brand in India[6][7][8] and by Desai Brothers Ltd. in Poona, India under the brand name Mother's Recipe, and has been exported to Singapore.[9]

North America[edit]

A number of manufacturers mass-produce a "Major Grey's Mango Chutney" for sale in the United States and Canada, for example Patak's[10] and Sharwood's.[11] One of the oldest brands, reputedly the first manufacturer to popularise the chutney in the West, is Crosse & Blackwell,[5][12][13] now partly owned by the J.M. Smucker Company. It has been suggested that Crosse & Blackwell purchased the formulation for Major Grey's Chutney, "probably in the early 1800s".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chutney Origins". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  2. ^ Carpender, D. (2004). 500 More Low-Carb Recipes. Fair Winds Press. p. 442. ISBN 978-1-61673-783-2. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Kitchen, A.T. (2012). Simple Weeknight Favorites: More Than 200 No-Fuss, Fullproof Meals. America's Test Kitchen. p. pt151. ISBN 978-1-936493-20-3. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Scott, L. (2012). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sugar-Free Cooking and Baking. DK Publishing. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-101-58577-1. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Helstosky, C. (2014). The Routledge History of Food. Routledge Histories. Taylor & Francis. p. 330. ISBN 978-1-317-62113-3. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e Sheraton, Mimi (July 10, 1982). ""De Gustibus; Tea and Chutney: 2 Different Greys". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Bladholm, L. (2016). The Indian Grocery Store Demystified. St. Martin's Press. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-250-12079-3. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Profodcil Bulletin. Processed Foods Export Promotion Council. 1969. p. 22. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mother's Recipe - Major Grey's Mango Chutney". Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  10. ^ "Products - Major Grey Chutney". Patak's Indian curry products and recipes. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Our Ranges - Major Grey Mango Chutney". Sharwood's products. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Celebrating the summer favourite – mango pickle". Economic Times. May 3, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "Classic Indian lunch recipes". The Guardian. August 17, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2017.

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