Fresh basil, which has a special affinity with peaches, is the secret ingredient in this sophisticated compote. The basil garnish gives guests a clue to the subtle flavor in the syrup. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2003

Patsy Jamieson


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  • Combine sugar and wine in small saucepan; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add 3 basil sprigs and orange zest; stir to immerse. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes.

  • Strain syrup into a small bowl, pressing on basil and zest to release maximum flavor.

  • Shortly before serving, combine peaches, blackberries, lemon juice and basil-infused syrup in a serving bowl; toss gently to coat. Serve garnished with basil sprigs.


Tip: To peel peaches, dip in boiling water for 30 or 40 seconds to loosen their skins. Let cool slightly, then slip off skins with a paring knife.

Nutrition Facts

122 calories; 0.5 g total fat; 1 mg sodium. 296 mg potassium; 28.4 g carbohydrates; 3.8 g fiber; 24 g sugar; 1.6 g protein; 466 IU vitamin a iu; 21 mg vitamin c; 15 mcg folate; 24 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 20 mg magnesium; 13 g added sugar;

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Excellent! Quick and easy to make. A great syrup for fruit or ice cream. Read More