Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

Rhubarb is only in season for a short time, so whip up this delicious summer dessert while you can

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Compotes are a perfect way to salvage that bowl of tired fruit

Don’t let your fruits go to waste – blend them together to create a tasty summer dessert, like this delicious rhubarb treat

Getting back to basics, compotes were originally created to bring life to limp and tired fruits and vegetables. Back in the day, waste was not an option and as we move forward, 2013 presents similar thinking.

Our values when it comes to the food chain have become so much more respectful of where and how our food is grown and its ultimate delivery. On the theme of local produce, rhubarb has long been a favourite staple of backyard gardens. Because rhubarb has a short season, I urge you to try this recipe soon — it truly is amazing.


  • 5 cups spring rhubarb
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut open and pods removed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice or water
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ⅓ cup almond liquor (optional)


1. To string the rhubarb, use a small paring knife and begin at the top of the stalk, pulling down to remove the strings. This allows you to create a smooth compote, free of any stringy bits.

2. Combine the rhubarb with all the remaining ingredients (except for the almond liquor) in a medium saucepan. Simmer the mixture until the rhubarb is soft, about 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Stir in the quartered strawberries and continue to simmer until the berries are soft. Add the liquor, if desired, and stir to combine.

4. Remove and discard the vanilla bean.

5. Serve the compote warm ladled over a good-quality ice cream.

Serves 4 to 6.

Note: If you have leftover fruit in your fridge, toss it into the pot and create your own magical combination of flavours. Adjust the sugar to suit your sweet tooth.

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