Market Fresh Compote May 24 2016

Anyone with a fruit tree in their yard can relate to having more produce than they can possibly consume in a season... or maybe there's just that little basket of berries or a few oranges that go unnoticed for a few days in the fridge and are now past their prime for eating. 

Whatever the case, they don't need to go to waste as long as you've got some tricks up your sleeve like these guidelines for making a fruity {or savory} compote. 

So next time you're at the Farmers' Market, don't pass up the slightly bruised or wrinkly peaches or strawberries that are left behind as outcasts. They are often the ripest and sweetest, and will make an excellent compote or purée for seasonal bellinis and diaquiris, cheese platters, homemade ice cream, or heirloom grain toast points.