Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 7 mins

Mostarda is a condiment in Italy - but it's NOT just a mustard. Rather, it is preserved fruit that does have mustard and mustard seed included as a flavouring. Mostarda is delicious with bollilto misto, as it is such a delicious and flavourful accompaniment to the plain, boiled beef. Also exceptional used with cold cuts. Try salami, dabs of mostarda and good, crusty bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place figs, pear, apricots, cherries, and apples into a mixing bowl and stir to mix.
  2. In a saucepan, heat wine, sugar and honey together until boiling. Boil for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly reduced and syrupy. Remove from heat and stir in mustard and seeds.
  3. Pour over fruit and allow to steep 24 hours. Jar and refrigerate.
Most Helpful

this is easy to make and delicious.<br/>i did not have figs to add, but it was still tasty. try it on tasted german pumpernickel no knead bread as i did (see photo) - the recipe is on this site.<br/>will make again, good time is pre winter when pears are plentiful.

encee1 April 06, 2013

Evelyn, you've done it again!! This is very, very good. I had been looking for a Mustard Fruits recipe for a while - made one from the Australian Womens Weekly Italian Cookbook using mostly fresh fruit but it wasn't what I wanted. This fitted the bill & turned out even better than I'd hoped. I used all dried fruit, couldn't get dried cherries so used dried cranberries instead. It was a big hit on Xmas day as a relish with duck & turkey. Also great with ham & I imagine with just about any meat, hot or cold. This is something I'll ensure I always have in the fridge. Thank you, Evelyn:)

Heatherbelle2 December 28, 2008