Apple, Ginger, Cardamom Compote

Makes 2 jars

This compote is completely without sugar and preservatives, therefore it needs to be in the fridge in a closed glass jar. As long as you don’t open it, it will stay fresh for weeks (maybe even months), but after it is opened you probably want to finish it within a week.


  • 2,2 lb apples
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp cardamom seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon grounded
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 30 leaves of lemon balm, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juice & zest


Chop the apples (with peel). Place apples, water and the rest of the ingredients in a pot. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium and let it simmer for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally. The compote is done when the water is gone and the apples are tender. Clean the jars in boiling water. Pour the compote in the jars while it is still warm and seal the jars right away.

Photo by: Johanna Frenkel

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