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My neighborhood Farmers Market opened this weekend.  I maaaay have gotten a bit overly excited and bought more stuff than Mr. Dig and I could possibly finish…whoops!  So I did what any full-grown woman would do: I called my mom for help.

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One of the things I had acquired at the Farmers Market was rhubarb.  It’s one of those foods that I grew up with so it’s always had a special place in my heart (and stomach).  I have very fond memories of drinking rhubarb compote while sitting outside with my brother on hot summer nights (yes, Russia does, in fact, have hot summer nights).  So when I called in my mom for culinary advice, one of the first things I wanted to know was how she used to make that super tasty drink.  I made a few tweaks (the inability to follow a recipe runs in our family) and this recipe was born!

Note: The best part of this recipe is that you can reuse the fruit in this recipe to make a delicious jam or homemade applesauce! How thrifty is that?


  • 1 lb rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 apple, cubed
  • 1 pear, cubed
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (you can substitute honey or maple syrup, to taste)
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut palm sugar (you can substitute with more cane sugar, honey, or maple syrup)
  • splash of vanilla extract


1.  Bring your 10 cups of water to boil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot.

2. Place your rhubarb, apple, and pear into the boiling water and simmer on low (with lid on) for 20 minutes.


3. Add in your sweeteners of choice.  I just added my sweeteners, stirred, tasted, and repeated until I liked the taste.

4. Add a splash of vanilla extract and stir.

5. Simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  In the end, it’ll look something like this:


6. Remove from heat and let cool until the mixture is almost at room temperature.

7.  Strain the fruit bits from the liquid by using mesh strainer.


8. Pour the rhubarb compote into a glass jar and store in the fridge.

9. Reminder: make sure you keep your strained fruit.  You can either make a jam out of it or just puree it in a blender and get rhubarb applesauce!