Be Merry / A taste of Poland
The French invented compote, but Ashkenazi Jews made it a dessert for the ages.
Compote of fresh fruit cooked in sugar syrup is a classic European dessert. The French introduced compote to the world - they believed fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the effects of humidity on the body. The name derives from the French word composte - mixture. Unlike jam or preserves, compote is cooked in water or wine and served in its own liquid.