Healthy fruit Compote. Compote, also known as Kompot* in my language, is the drink that will forever change the way you think about fruit juice. This incredible beverage is made from naturally sweet fresh fruits, and can be produced using two different methods: boiling, straining, and chilling, or marinating in sugar water.
Whichever method you choose, this is a delicious way to savor summer fruits and create a refreshing drink that everyone will love. The flavor is completely customizable, depending on what kind of fruit, or combination of fruits, you choose. Summer fruits, such as stone fruits—plums, peaches, apricots, cherries—or berries—strawberries, raspberries, and more—work beautifully in this application. The sweetness and potency of the fruitiness is completely up to you: you can always add less or more sugar or fruit, or you can reduce the concentration by cutting the kompot with extra water when serving.
I grew up enjoying cold glasses of kompot, which my family made from the many fruit trees on our property. Kompot is a staple in Eastern Europe: enjoyed chilled from the refrigerator on warm days or served hot for a winter pick-me-up. When canned and stored properly, kompot can last on pantry shelves well into winter, giving you a taste of summer on a dreary cold day.
Don’t throw out the leftover, mushy fruit from your kompot! After straining the leftover fruit, blend it into a thick fruit puree and use in pancakes, smoothies, spread on toast, and more.
Healthy Fruit Compote
- 2 peaches, washed, pitted and halved
- 4 dark plums, washed, pitted and halved
- 2 pears, washed, halved, and core and seeds removed
- 2 apples, washed, halved, and core and seeds removed
- sugar or honey to taste (optional)
other options: cherries, raisins, prunes, berries, etc.
- Note: If you want a more potent Kompot (Compote) feel free to double the fruit. My recipe is lighter, so double the fruit if you want a more potent fruit juice. My favorite way is with lots of cherries, dark plums, raisins and apples which is linked here Healthy Cherry Juice
- Add 3 1/2 litres (1 gallon) of filtered water to a big pot.
- Add the fruit to the pot and bring to a boil. Semi-cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let boil for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove the fruit with a sieve or kitchen spider and process in a food processor or blender with a touch of sugar or honey for a delicious fruit purée.
- In the remaining hot fruit liquid add some sugar or honey, if using. I like to cool the liquid to room temperature, strain it into a bowl or mason jars, and chill in the fridge.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!