Makes 10 to 12 cups
4 green tomatoes, diced, or 6 to 8 tomatillos, shucked and diced
4 mirliton (chayote squash), diced
½ head green cabbage, diced
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1 cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 yellow onion, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
½ cup kosher salt
4 cups white vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1½ teaspoons ground turmeric
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 fresh bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1. Combine green tomatoes, mirliton, cabbage, cauliflower, onion and peppers in a large bowl. Add salt, mix to combine and let stand at room temperature for at least four hours. Drain vegetables.
2. Combine vinegar, sugar, ginger and turmeric in a large pot. Put mustard seed, celery seed, chili flakes, bay leaves and cinnamon stick in cheesecloth bag or sachet and add to pot. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Add vegetables to pot and return to a simmer for 15 minutes; stir occasionally. Discard spice bag or sachet and transfer vegetables and liquid to a large jar or lidded container to chill until ready to use. Serve as a relish or as a salad.
Adapted from Brian Landry, Borgne, New Orleans, for The New York Times