Sugar and spice. All we need now is something nice! National Fruit Compote Day, March 1, is centered around the delectable dish fruit compote or simply compote. Compote is a dessert made mostly from fruit cooked in water with various seasonings. So if fruit compote is an old favorite or you’ve never heard of it before, stir yourself up a serving and dig in.
History of Fruit Compote Day
It’s unknown who created Fruit Compote Day or when it happened. Like with most food-based holidays, today is all about that compote. It’s simple to make and readily capable of being shared with a friend or two for an afternoon snack with a hot cup of caffeinated goodness or a glass of rosé. Whether you’re on your own or with a friend, there’s no elaborate trick for you to solve here. Just have yourself some of that sweet, sweet compote and let its saccharine taste swaddle you.
Compote is a French dessert believed to have originated in the 17th century. The word ‘compote’ actually means ‘mixture’ in French. Over time, the dessert became a traditional Passover dish. The compote's inexpensive ingredients, easy recipe, and dairy-free content made it a staple of European Jewish households. The creation of compotes came from a belief the French held that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced humidity in the human body. I don’t know if that’s true, but it sure sounds interesting! During the French Renaissance, people would have chilled fruit compote after dinner.
The typical make-up for compote is fruit and sugar syrup. You can use apples, strawberries, mangos, berries, dry fruits, cherries, and oranges. Typical seasonings for the syrup can include lemon/orange peel, vanilla, cinnamon or cinnamon stick, raisins, clove, grated coconut, ground almonds, or candied fruits.
Ways to Observe Fruit Compote Day
The best way to celebrate Fruit Compote Day is with compote. If that’s your bag, then go ahead and give these websites a once over. See which flavoring is to your liking!