Barbecue season is finally here and after the first taste of sunshine and warm weather, we're ready to head into our backyards and fire up the grill. But every year we tend to put all of our focus on the meat, reaching into the back of our fridges and cupboards to retrieve crusty condiments that are far from fresh. 

This year, don't let your condiments be an afterthought. Your first trip to the supermarket to stock up for those barbecuing essentials will set the tone for the rest of the summer, so make sure you choose the best of the best to put on your salad or in your burger bun. 

Next time you're strolling down the condiment aisle, look out for the jars with a green and yellow logo called Kühne, from Hamburg, Germany. The brand has been around for almost 300 years and offers over 40 different products including salad dressings, vinegars, mustards, relishes, pickles, peppers, and a wide assortment of jarred vegetables. 

Unlike the majority of other brands you’ll find on the shelf, Kühne's jarred vegetables are hand-picked and freshly packed on the same day they're harvested, so you can enjoy condiments that are as fresh as the hotdogs and burgers that just came off the grill. Take their trademark gherkins – the seeds are planted in mid April and take about 50 days to grow. After the summer harvest, Kühne staff wash and handpick the best gherkins, infuse them with a vinegar brine and top secret blend of spices, before being bottled and placed on the shelf ready for you to eat.

Best of all, absolutely all of their products, including Kuhne condiments and sauces, are free from additives, preservatives and artificial flavours. Delicious summer food shouldn't be bad for you, and light, healthy food shouldn't be devoid of flavour. Kühne products are proof that you can have both on the same plate.

Get inspired by our recipes for your BBQ party at kuehne-international.com