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Barberry ketchup

The barberry plant is a shrub. It produces bright yellow flowers in the spring that turn into red berries in the fall. The berries are edible but difficult to harvest because of its thorny branches.


3 q barberry (stewed and strained)
1 c raisin
1 quince (large, chopped)
4 onion (small, minced)
1 q water
1⁄2 c vinegar
3⁄4 c salt
2 c sugar
1 t clove (ground)
1 t allspice (ground)
2 T pepper (ground black pepper)
1 t mustard (ground mustard)
1 t ginger (ground)
1 t nutmeg (ground)


Stew together the cranberries, raisins, quince and onion in the water, strain.

Mix in the barberries, and remaining ingredients, boil 1 minute, and simmer until desired thickness.

Total time
1 hour, 20 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
1 batch


Goes well with red meats.


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