The (real) Mrs Ball’s Chutney

I have been looking for this for ages, and I am so glad to finally find it. Every South African knows the famous Mrs Ball’s Chutney, which is found on every South African table. Well a few weeks ago I read an article about Desmond Ball, who is Mrs Ball’s great great grandson. He is making and selling chutney, but according to the original family recipe (not the commercial Unilever version).

So, I was very excited to find it for sale at the organic market in Tokai (behind Builders Warehouse), and of course I immediately bought a bottle. It is without a doubt one of the smoothest and tastiest chutneys that I have ever tasted, and it is organic as well.

He sells it under the Amelia label (which is Mrs Ball’s first name), and if you find a bottle, you won’t regret buying it. By the way, there is a lot of myth and story about Mrs Ball; you can read here to find out more (it is fascinating reading).


  1. Abu kurosh said:

    What kind of animal is pictured on the label of mrs ball’s chutney?

    October 4, 2011
  2. Craig Strachan said:

    I am not sure, I think it could be a cheetah, or perhaps a wild dog (based on some of the old labels), but I can’t confirm it. Here is the old label.

    October 5, 2011
  3. […] Served with a little chutney, it will lure you into eating food a little more spicy, you will have delicious left overs on toast for breakfast, and you will be left with the lovely warm and full feeling that only a good meal can do.¬†Spicy, yet not hot. A curry, but not quite. Mince, but not a cottage pie. I love bobotie, it is one of the most tasty meals that you will experience. […]

    November 3, 2011
  4. Avril Fillies said:

    Hello where can I get hold of Desmond Ball, Mrs Ball’s great-grandson, please?

    September 11, 2018

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