National Fruit Compote Day is on March 1, so you can indulge in this delicious mix of fruit and sugar. Fruit compote is enjoyed as dessert, or as an addition to breakfast. In Medieval times, the belief was fruit stewed in melted sugar kept the humidity in a human body at optimum levels. Compote originates from the Latin word for mixture, ‘compositus.’
History of National Fruit Compote Day
Simple and sweet, fruit compote is a treat for the senses. Debatably, it is a fruit sauce, with the main ingredients being chopped fruit stirred in sugar syrup. The syrup is prepared by adding fruit to melted sugar; the mixture is then combined till it forms a nice consistency. This concoction can be enjoyed by itself or spread on toast, added to smoothies, layered on top of waffles, or paired with granola.
While the term compote has Latin roots, the recipe is from France. In the 17th century, fruit compote was considered a complete dessert and indulged in. As tasty as it is, the compote was created for its health benefits. The main idea behind this combination was the theory that fruit mixed in warm syrup neutralizes the humidity in one’s body. Originally intended to be used as a health remedy, fruit concoction soon became popular as a dessert.
In medieval times, people started serving fruit compote at the end of meals, usually with vegetable and grain soup as a side dish. The burst of sweet flavor was so well-loved that compote became a must in all feasts. Presenting compote on the table also signified the end of a feast.
Fruit compote is still a popular dessert in many countries around the world. An alternative would be vegetable compote, which is served as a type of soup, or presented as a spread. Fruit compotes are enjoyed as desserts or as a topping.
National Fruit Compote Day timeline
The pear compote is made with cinnamon, sugar, and wine.
France enjoys fruit compote as a dessert with health benefits.
Compote becomes a widespread delicacy.
Fruit Compote Day is celebrated on March 1, but the origins are unknown.
National Fruit Compote Day FAQs
Why is it called ‘compote’?
The Latin word ‘compositus’ is the root word from which it is derived. The word means mixture.
Who invented fruit compote?
While it is unknown who the genius behind this treat was, we know that compote was popular in the 17th century in France.
When should you eat compote?
The great thing about fruit is that you can enjoy it by itself as a dessert or with other dessert items such as yogurt and cake.
National Fruit Compote Day Activities
Prepare fruit compote
Select your favorite berries and other fruit, and mix them in boiling sugar water to make fruit compote at home. The amount of sugar will depend on your preference, and you can even add spices.
Add fruit compote to your dishes
Add fruit compote topping on bread, yogurt, cereal, and more. Choose your winning combination.
Share it on social media
Share your love for this dessert on social media. Your friends and family will thank you.
5 Fruity Facts About Fruit Compote
Hot or cold
Fruit compote is served either hot or cold.
Some recipes use dry fruit in their compotes.
There are two types of the sauce
The fruit sauce can be coulis —pureed fruit — or chunky fruit.
It has healing benefits
In Medieval times compote was known to have healing benefits on the body.
It is a component in many dishes
Fruit compote is a key component in other dishes.
Why We Love National Fruit Compote Day
We love fruit
Got to get our daily intake of fruity vitamins, and what better way to achieve that than by enjoying fruit stirred in rich sugar syrup? Delicious.
Compote is a key component in desserts
The treat is versatile. It can be enjoyed by itself, it can be added to other desserts, or it can be used as a topping.
Ideal for picky eaters
Compote is a great way to incorporate fruit into a picky eater’s diet. One taste and they’ll be hooked!
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