Relishes Chutneys & Other Condiments

What is the difference between condiments other than the product they are made from? And what exactly is a condiment?

Condiment: A preparation used to flavor food after it has been cooked or used as an accompaniment

Relish: A relish is a hardly cooked condiment made from vegetables, fruits, or a combination of vegetables and fruits.  Relishes are generally made with little sugar, if any, and are more crunchy. Relish is generally cooked for a short time which gives them a crisper texture, a more liquid consistency and a tarter flavor.

Chutney: Fruits and/or vegetables vinegar, herbs, and spices that have been slowly cooked into condiment that provides a sweet and sour taste with flavors ranging from mild to very hot and spicy.   The addition of sugar, spices and vinegar adds flavor and ensures the chutney will keep for a long time.  The sweet and tart flavor combined with a touch of spice compliments strong-flavored meats such as wild game, but also works well with beef, pork and chicken.  Chutneys have a chunky spreadable consistency much like a preserve.    

Chow Chow: A mixture of vegetables and other ingredients packed together as a sweet pickled relish.  A Chow Chow can have a combination of vegetables such as: cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, green tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, gherkins, string beans, lima beans, kidney beans, and navy beans seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt. However, other types of Chow Chow also exist which contain fewer ingredients such as Chow Chows with only pickles, onions, sweet peppers, mustard, vinegar, and seasonings.

Piccadilli:  A pickled relish that consists of a mixture of "minced vegetables" which often  include a combination of 2 or more of the following: cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumbers, green tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, gherkins, string beans, lima beans, kidney beans, navy beans, and zucchini seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt. Most often served as a dipping sauce, a sandwich spread, or a topping for various grilled and roasted meats, such as hamburgers, weiners, sausages, brats, and other similar foods

Pickles: Of course, we all know what pickles are.   They are cucumbers, soaked and cooked in a combination of spices and vinegar-right?  Well, not completely.  Pickles can be other vegetables too.  What makes them a "pickle" is that the veggie is most often left whole, or cut only slightly, and soaked and cooked in a combination of vinegar, salt, spices, and/or sugar.