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Haywards Piccalilli Relish

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15.5oz (440g). A Traditional British Condiment made with Cauliflower, Onions, Gherkins, Carrots and Mustard. Ingredients: cauliflower, onions, gherkins, carrots, acetic acid, modified starch, mustard, spices and salt

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      16.09.2011 19:43
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      Always eaten today with a feeling of being conned, always eaten today with sadness.

      Haywards Piccalilli was, when I was growing up, a traditional thing to find in a kitchen cupboard. Back then all the veg was chunkier and there was a great crunch. The sauce was tangier, it gave me goosebumps and we British loved it. It was great in a cheese sandwich, it was great with a salad, great as just a Piccalilli sandwich and great in a ham sandwich.

      Today, it resembles the chopped stuff you find in the jars of the supermarket's own brands. The mustard sauce is nothing like it was and the worse thing about todays Haywards Piccalilli .... the onion "cubes" are vile. I now either spit them out or use my fingers to remove them. Those hard cubes ruin any kind of sandwich. Originally it would be a whole silverskin onion. It was a HUGE difference and we always tried to scoop a couple of those into our sandwiches or on to the plate.

      The big chunky cauliflour florets were my favourite. I cactually came across the Dooyoo community by typing this into Google ... "Buy original Haywards Piccalilli" ... yes I long for it, I just saw a jar of the immitation Haywards Piccalilli in my kitchen cupboard - still unopened since I bought it weeks go. I was searching for a place where I can buy the original.

      The original was SERIOUSLY the best pickle there was. Asda supermarket did not sell Haywards Piccalilli at all and after seeing it on the self at Tesco's, I honestly changed all my online shopping from Asda to Tesco just so that I could get regular Haywards Piccalilli. After changing over, the stuff in the jars became something else with the smaller chopped veg and the vile onion cubes. It's one of the most disappointing food facts in the UK. I frown and shake my head when I see the Haywards name on the jar, their logo. Since I was a child everybody said, without exception, that they loved Haywards the best. This will simply be because they were the best.

      Mention Haywards Piccalilli to British people today and you'll hear one of the following sentences ... "I haven't had that for years, I loved it, now you've mentioned it - I want some." "That's the best one, always has to be Haywards in my house .... <pause> ... though what have they done with it?? Nothing today tastes like it used to." "It's not Haywards anymore, they've obviously been taken over by another company who have cut costs and thus changed the recipe. It's not the Haywards Piccalilli I know?"

      I guarantee you'll hear one of these sentences. Compare Haywards Piccalilli today with the "own brands" of Tesco and Asda and you'll see little difference between them. You'll immediately know it isn't Haywards Piccalilli.

      No way is the stuff in the jars with the Haywards logo the REAL Haywards Piccalilli. Don't be conned by it. Those who never tried the genuine Haywards Piccalilli, I so very much pity you. You poor people. My Christmas and that of many others is now dramatically changed. Gone are the days when we could enjoy turkey left-overs with genuine Haywards Piccalilli.

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        29.07.2009 06:29

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        absolutely scrumptous, why the devil don't australian supermarkets stock it

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        05.03.2009 18:57
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        It wll be around long after I am gone.

        Make no mistake, this is the Daddy of all Piccalillis. Haywards is synonymous with this product in Great Britain and its something that most people who eat traditional English food will have a jar of in the fridge.

        It is quite a strong tangy relish made from very small diced cauliflower, onion and gherkin (pickled baby cucumber) pieces that are then pickled slowly in Acetic Acid, Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Mustard and a few other spices, flavourings and chemicals. It is a sort of mustard yellow colour.

        In the end product all of the vegetables take on an identical flavour but have differing textures, the baby silver skin onions being my favourite texture.

        Thinking about it it's odd really because I only use this pickle in cheese and/or ham sandwiches and not for anything else, yet I just have to have it in supply at all times. I believe that many also use it as a relish with a turkey or chicken dinner.

        It contains little or negligible fat, protein and fibre but does have a 1% salt content and 14% carbohydrate content.

        In the 1970s and 1980s there was a very long running British television campaign in which the famous, well known for horror films actor, Vincent Price sort of scared the viewer into buying Haywards pickles.

        In popular London culture people often refer to The Piccadilly Line on The London Underground as the Piccalilli Line for no other reason than it sounds funny this way.

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        13.02.2008 01:22

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        how can a firm with a brilliant history of fantastic, quality products make such a basic silly error by changing the taste and look of the only Piccalilli worth spending my hard earned money on, shame on the lot of you.

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        30.10.2007 11:57

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        WAS THE BEST PICCALILLI ON THE PLANET, NOW IT IS A LIGHTER MUSTARD COLOUR THAN THE ORIGINAL AND TASTE GOES FROM A 10 TO A 1 MAX.YUKWHY CHANGE PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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