Melon Compote Recipe

This medieval dish can be served as a dessert, mixed with ice cream or yogurt. It's even vegetarian!



Spring 2016

  • Harvested unripe, this melon is steamed to enhance its more subtle flavor.
    Photo courtesy www.RareSeeds.com

Yield: 4-6 servings

Melons were foods of the rich in ancient times: Roman, Byzantine Greek or otherwise. In part, this was due to the labor-intensive culture required to bring them to perfection and, not surprisingly, in many of the mosaics surviving from North African archaeological sites, we see servants or farmers bringing the best melon fruit to the Big House. This evokes yet another question: are there recipes? If these melons were cooked green or at least under-ripe, how was it done? 

Make your own delicious melon compote to serve as a dessert or mixed with ice cream or yogurt. This is a medieval dish you may not have known you wanted. It's even vegetarian!

To learn about the Melon d'Algier — an inspiration for this recipe — see: The Algerian Melon: An Heirloom Luxury from Ancient Times.


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