If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re probably a fan of the fruit compote. A delicious mixture of fruits or berries and sugar, the compote brings a punch of flavor to greek yogurt, a fruitful ending to a full course meal or a sweet addition to your morning cereal. And on March 1st, if you ever needed an excuse to start your day with a mixture of sugar and fruits, then here it is!
The History of Fruit Compote Day
Exactly when Fruit Compote Day started being observed isn’t clear, but the food item is celebrates has been around for donkey’s years. The word ‘compote’ is from the French language, meaning a mixture. In fact, France is where the dish is meant to have come from.
Rumour has it that compote was originally cooked up in France as a remedy for balancing the effects of humidity on the human body, as this was thought to be a key benefit of fruit marinaded in sugar syrup. Dished out in the medieval era in England, it was frequently served at the start of the last course of a feast, and in France, during the renaissance, it would often be served after dinner, preferably chilled.
With no dairy ingredients, fruit compote would become a popular staple of Jewish cuisine in Europe – but you will often find it served with yogurt or whipped cream.
Fruit compote also goes well with cakes and biscuits, often serving as the fruity part of homemade cheesecakes. Pouring it over granola and cream also makes it the perfect end to a full course meal.
How to Celebrate Fruit Compote Day
If you’re feeling a bit handy in the kitchen, cooking up some fruit compote of your own isn’t too hard to do at all. Just choose your favorite berries and fruits, and boil them in water with plenty of sugar and spices. To give it some extra flavor you can add vanilla to the syrup, or drop in some orange peel or cinnamon sticks while it’s boiling. Dropping in some grated coconut will give your creation a little something extra.
If you’re in the mood for something a little boozy, one traditional recipe sees the syrup made with wine, but you could just use dried fruits soaked in alcohol if you wish.
There’s no better way to get your 5 a day than with a tasty treat like this, so give fruit compote a try today and join many others across the world observing Fruit Compote Day.