The brilliant thing about pickles such as this (aside from the good they do for your gut's beneficial bacteria), is that they can sit in your fridge for weeks so you can dip in and out of them whenever you fancy livening up a salad or sandwich or adding colour to a meat dish.

Mary's beetroot and ginger relish ingredients

To make one 500ml jar:

2 large or 4 small beetroots, finely grated (these can be raw - for added crunch - or cooked)

1 pear, peeled, cored and finely grated

3 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (using food processor again)

1 teaspoon of fennel or coriander seeds (I like fennel better)

1 teaspoon of salt diluted in 250ml of warm water (more if needed using same ratio of salt:water)

Note: Use a food processor with grater attachment to spare your fingers!

How to make Mary's beetroot and ginger relish

  1. Dissolve the salt in the water.
  2. Mix together all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the salt water into the mixing bowl and massage into the mixed veg/fruit.
  4. Transfer the complete mixture into a sterilized sealable jar and press down on the mixture so that it is tightly packed in. Make sure the salted water just covers the compact mixture; add more salted water if necessary so that the liquid just covers the veg mix.
  5. Close the lid of the jar but don't seal it (a gap is needed so that the gas created during fermentation can escape). Leave the jar at room temperature to ferment. The pickle is ready when it is slightly sour. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Once ready, seal the jar and place in the fridge where it can live happily for a month.

Mary is a fully qualified, registered Nutritional Therapist. She studied for four years with the University of Greenwich and  BCNH - UK College of Nutrition & Health and gained a degree level Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with clinical practice.  Mary has particular interest in stress related conditions, weight management, arthritis, PMS, IBS and other digestive disorders and skin health. She also specialises in nutrition to achieve optimum health during pregnancy and for babies and young children. http://www.maryvdw.com/recipes-1/