Top | Seasonal Fruit Desserts
(recipe, Deborah Madison)
You don't always have to have pounds of fruit to make a fruit dessert. This compote uses a handful of strawberries, about what a small garden would offer at any one time, and one large (or two small) mangoes. It's pretty, simple, and sufficent. I love mincing a few choice strawberries to spoon over ice cream or another fruit. It's unexpected and a good way to share a small treasure.
Mangoes and strawberries overlap in southern California farmers' markets as well as in supermarkets. Champagne, or Ataulfo, mangoes (the small yellow ones) appear in May, the big green-skinned silky-fleshed Keitt in late summer, and in between are Hayden, Tommy Atkins, and others. Strawberries are not just for June, but span the months from late spring through fall.