When it comes to relish, many consumers first and foremost think of pickles as the main ingredient, but a relish condiment can be made from a number of chopped vegetables, fruits and herbs. Since a staggering amount of fresh produce goes to waste daily, the Drexel Food Lab set out to explore a potential solution to food insecurity through a simple condiment.
'Rescued Relish' was created as a condiment from excess produce from Philabundance, a Philadelphia anti-hunger organization. The relish boasts sweet, spicy and sour flavors, making it interesting in terms of flavor as well as beneficial to the local community and environment.
As part of a study to see how consumers might accept foods created from discarded ingredients, Drexel University identified that "value-added surplus foods may be perceived closer to organic foods as a category, encouraging the possibility of promoting such foods as a new category offering benefits to society."