National Fruit Compote Day:
Celebrated annually on 1st March, the National Fruit Compote Day represents the joyous celebration of having satisfying and sweet berries and many other citrus fruits together. It is observed to savor the mind-boggling sweet flavors from the mixture of fruits.
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Why National Fruit Compote Day?
Just imagine having no fruit flavors in ice cream or no fruity smells in your shampoo. Something instantly feels amiss. Well, we should thank fruits for it’s the ones that made it all possible. Fruits have been a part of our essential diets since humans found a way to harvest them. Astonishingly, fruits create an entirely different and delicious variety of tastes just by their mere existence!
Each year, the day is celebrated with berries and fruits to delight our senses. The making of compotes came into being because of an ancient French belief. The mixture of fruits with sugar syrup balances out the effect of humidity on the body. And voila!! The compote was invented.
The word compote was derived from the French language, which means ‘mixture.’ Compote is a food item that originated as a dessert in France in the 17th century. Since then, Compote has been considered one of the most delicious desserts in the country and has become prevalent worldwide.
Compote is made by cooking fruits in sugar syrup. In the 1700s, people cooked entire fruit or its pieces with sugar syrup to enhance the fruit flavor. They seasoned it with different flavors of graded coconut, vanilla, orange peel, and cinnamon to give it an extra savory touch. The heating of sugar syrup with pieces of fruits blends the flavor and serves as a mouth-watering dessert.
Originally, it served as a snack paired with biscuits and little sour cream in the afternoon. Later, in the renaissance period, people preferred it chilled at the end of their meals. Since then, it has been presented right after dinners and hence was proclaimed as a dessert. As it was made out of no dairy products and was inexpensive in production, compote became a very famous staple dish in Jewish cuisine in all of Europe till the 19th century. But that’s not it. Where there is food, there is a development of the palate. One can also make it by using dry raisins to enhance the taste and the addition of alcohol.
The Compote was meant to be served in a large fruit bowl or small single-serving bowl according to the individual preference. It can be topped with whipped cream and vanilla sugar. The Mixture as it is, the best and the most renowned compote is the one made from dry fruits. The liking of dry fruit compote started to develop in the late 19th century. The commonest recipe of two day soaking of dried fruits, flavored with honey and rosewater can make a person travel to Istanbul with a blink of an eye.
To date, the magical spell of delighting compote has not worn off. And what better than impressing your guests with the yummiest dessert? Well, compote does just the deed. The vanilla kirsch panna cotta with cherry compote can be tagged as the perfect serve of the evening. Millions of people all over Europe are savoring this compote. The Panna cottas are light and mildly made into desserts with an intense flavoring of cherry.
Compote has now been developed into so many varieties that it is difficult to put the finger on one. From simple stew cooked dried fruit compote to fancy Coeur a la crème with Rhubarb compote, this sweet delectable dessert has opened an envelope to the amazing recipes with each fruit adding its magic to every compote.
How Can We Observe National Fruit Compote Day:
- PREP MODE ON:
Make fresh compote out of fruits available at your house with sugar syrups and a pinch of love for your families.
- THE LESS, THE MERRIER:
Make sure that the fruits are used efficiently. Avoid any wastage of food, sugar syrups, or any other extra ingredients used to make a compote.
- CELEBRATE IT FANCY STYLES:
Go out with your friends and family and have fun and savor the taste of delicious compote at restaurants.
- LET ME TAKE A SELFIE:
Click a picture with your compote and share it with people on social media using the hashtag #FRUITCOMPOTEDAY.
Interesting Facts About Fruit Compote Day:
Here are some interesting facts about compote:
- There is a huge difference in the compote of western Europe and Eastern Europe. The recipe is not related to the 300 years old ones of the fruit drink kompot, which had similar names and ingredients.
- The compote of eastern Europe arises from the time of the Ottoman empire.
- Many people, especially the chefs, prefer berry compote over the fruit one. The optimal flavor of the compote is controlled by managing the spice and sweet levels. Usually, there is a difference in the levels of spice.
- Brief cooking of the fruit is still being preferred by people, although a big chunk of the population has now deviated their preference towards the simple stewed fruit.
History Of Fruit Compote Day:
The origin and founder of the national compote day remain unknown. The day is celebrated on the 1st of March to acknowledge the sweet taste of this amazing dish, which bought about life-changing effects in the history of desserts!