National Fruit Compote Day 2021
Yes, fruit compote has its own day too, a day that celebrates everything about fruit compote, what it used for, what it brings to us and its history of course. Fruit compote day celebrates fruit that is mixed together, the way flavor combinations can be entirely elevated, and what they can be used for. Compote is actually considered to be a dessert originating from France, where they made full use of every inch of each fruit not leaving anything to go to waste. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are most commonly incorporated into compotes as well as apples and other spices. Fruit compote when invented was a great discovery for mankind and especially for creating new and exciting products using what was already given to us which has since been elevated to an entirely new level that we witness in this present day and age.
What Is a Fruit Compote?
Before we can get into celebrating national fruit compote day let’s first begin to understand what fruit compote actually is. Fruit compote is actually a dessert that originated in France during the 17th century. It was originally invented as a way to use the leftover scraps of fruit when food sources were low. Compote is made of a mix of fruits that are cooked down in a sugar syrup solution. The fruits are cooked in water until soft and then a mixture of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and vanillas are added to create a sweet yet warming dessert that can either be enjoyed hot or cold.
The History of National Fruit Compote Day
This national fruit day is celebrating the humble yet simple fruit compote. It is important as it is actually part of the food history of Europe. The creation of this desert used simple and extremely inexpensive ingredients and also contained no dairy products and as a result, it became a staple in many Jewish households across the entirety of Europe. It is even considered to be apart of the history of Jewish cuisine and is still enjoyed by many today. Since its first invention there have been many replications and adaptions to the desert, where alcohol is included, dried fruits are mixed in with the cooked fresh fruit and spices, and it is enjoyed with whipped cream and vanilla sugar.
Fruit Compote Day 2021
Fruit compote day is celebrated on March 1, where those connected to its history and passionate eaters and lovers come together to celebrate the invention of a dessert that created a pivotal change within the food industry. Fruit compote day is most commonly celebrated around the United States but is of more importance in countries across Europe. The simplicity of the desert and the creativity of its design are remembered by many families who have grown up with this tradition in their households.
Recipe for Fruit Compote
To celebrate fruit compote day, 2021 one of the best things you can do is create your very own homemade version of a fruit compote. Here a simple and delicious recipe that is easy to follow yet oh so tasty.
The first step in creating your very own fruit compote is to gather your ingredients. There are so many options for what fruit you include in your compote, in most cases people use what is already in their fridge but at the end of the day, the choice is completely up to you.
- 450g fresh or frozen fruit ( I use strawberries and peaches ).
- 2 tablespoons honey/maple syrup.
- Pinch of salt.
- Optional flavoring ideas ( vanilla, lemon zest, mint cinnamon ).
- If you’re using fresh fruit, cut your fruit into thin slices and if you’re using frozen there is no need to defrost and they can be left whole.
- In a medium pan add your fruit of choice, honey or maple syrup, and a pinch of salt, and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Stir occasionally and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes depending on the type of fruit used.
- Once it has reached a boil, lower the heat and begin to mash your fruit with a fork, the consistency is completely up to you.
- Continue allowing your mixture to simmer until it condenses to about half its volume.
- Remove the compote from the heat, taste, stir and add additional sweetener if it is not at your desired sweetness.
- Let the compote cool and then it’s ready for serving.
- When out of the oven it can be refrigerated and lasts up to ten days.
As you can see celebrating national fruit compote day can be fun, educational, and absolutely delicious!
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