Summer Fruits

Celebrating Summer Healthy Eating – Fruit Compote

Fruit Compote

Serves 6


  • 1 lb. whole apricots or frozen peach slices (thawed)
  • 1 lb. pitted Bing cherries, fresh or frozen, not canned (thawed)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon anise seeds
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic Rose Petal Spread
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange rind
  • 2 navel oranges, sliced and peeled
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup of orange juice


  1. Add spices, and the lemon and orange rinds, to the orange juice.
  2. Bring to a boil and then cook about 5 minutes. Strain out seeds and add spiced orange juice to fruit.
  3. Bring all ingredients to a boil, except the honey and the banana.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the temperature to cool to slightly warm.
  5. Add honey and bananas. Serve warm.

Dietary Tips for the Holiday Season:

  • Avoid eating heavy meals in the evening when Agni is naturally weaker. Try to plan your holiday dinner for lunch or the late afternoon and stick to light nutritious foods such as vegetable soups in the evening.
  • Eat fresh ginger slices with a dab of salt and lemon juice just before a big meal. This helps stimulate the digestive fire.
  • Add plenty of fresh ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel, and turmeric to your traditional family recipes. Spices help the process of digestion and add many of the six ayurvedic tastes to each meal.
  • Avoid cold drinks. Ice-cold beverages retard digestion.
  • Minimize the intake of alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Drink herbal teas or Raja’s Cup instead.
  • Sip plenty of warm water through the day to help cleanse the body.
  • Try to avoid eating leftovers, which are more difficult to digest.
  • Savour each meal. Sit down to eat and take a few minutes to sit quietly after the meal.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this document is presented for the sole purpose of imparting education on Maharishi AyurVeda and neither the information nor the products are intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or are pregnant or lactating, please consult a health professional and it is recommended that you speak with your physician before making significant changes to your diet or routine.