Strawberry Compote

Reprinted from SIMPLY STRAWBERRIES: A COOKBOOK by Sara Pitzer, Garden Way Publishing, Pownal, VT 05261.

The combination of flavors in this compote has a naturalness that calls up visions of simple living along the river or pre-apple days in the Garden of Eden. Be sure to use a mild-flavored honey.

6 cups fresh whole strawberries (1.5 liters)
1/4 cup honey (50 ml)
1 tablespoon grated orange rind (15 ml)
2 tablespoons orange juice (25 ml)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (15 ml)

Wash and hull the strawberries. Drain them on a towel. Combine the honey, orange rind and juices in a large bowl. Add the strawberries and stir gently to coat them with the honey mixture. Allow them to stand about 30 minutes at room temperature to draw juice, then refrigerate until serving time. Don’t keep the strawberries refrigerated for much more than an hour. Yield: 6 servings.