This post is created in partnership with Northwest Cherry Growers.

A bowl of fresh, sweet Northwest cherries is one of the true glories of summer.

Once you’ve feasted on a bowlful (which we plan on doing quite frequently), you’ll want to seize the moment and preserve them to enjoy when cherry season is over.

And what better way to continue celebrating cherries than with a simple compote featuring a hint of orange and balsamic vinegar? Spoon it over pancakes and waffles, make a breakfast yogurt parfait, or add it to your next cheese plate.

What Is a Compote?

At its most basic, a compote is a mixture of chunky fresh or dried fruits that are cooked down in their own juices (or other juice), typically with a little sugar.

For this compote, cherries are so naturally sweet that you actually need very little sugar (and if you’re looking for a low-glycemic…

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