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Tropical Fruit Compote

A Heart-Healthy Recipe from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Number of Servings: 8

Fresh or cooked fruits make a great low-calorie dessert.


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 piece lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp rum or vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 pineapple, cored and peeled, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 mangos, peeled and pitted, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 bananas, peeled, cut into 8 diagonal pieces
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


  1. In a saucepan combine 3/4 cup of water with the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon peel (and rum or vanilla extract if desired). Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and add the fruit. Cook at a very low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the syrup into a cup and set aside. Remove the lemon peel and cool the cooked fruit for 2 hours.
  3. To serve the compote, arrange the fruit in a serving dish and pour a few teaspoons of syrup over the fruit. Garnish with mint leaves (if desired).

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