Rhubarb Hibiscus Compote – How to Make Green Rhubarb Red

Not sure what to make with rhubarb? Make this healthy rhubarb compote! It freezes well and is perfect for a vegan breakfast or spooned on ice cream. I also have a clever, delicious trick to make green rhubarb red.

A ginger version of this rhubarb hibiscus compote recipe was first published on 27 April 2016 but I’ve now updated it to include a printable recipe card and video: What is Compote and How to Make a Healthy Rhubarb Compote.

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rhubarb hibsicus compote

What is Compote?

Fruit compote goes back to medieval Europe when a mix of puréed fruits was both healthy and cheap to make.

Today, I feel that the humble compote is so underrated: it’s low in sugar, a fruity accompaniment to loads of desserts and it’s a healthy (and vegan) way to start the day, spooned on granola or yoghurt.

Green vs Red Rhubarb

I’m always excited during French rhubarb season and love making rhubarb compote. It reminds me of all the lovely pink rhubarb we had in Scotland (ever since I was little until I left when I was 22), especially when it found its way into comforting fruit crumbles with a cheeky hint of stem ginger. We had the forced, lovely pink rhubarb in winter, followed by the still pinkish rhubarb in Spring to Summer.

However, in France we have to wait until rhubarb season between April and June.  I’m always a bit disappointed; somehow the rhubarb we find in Parisian markets is always so GREEN!

How to make Green Rhubarb Red

My answer to make green rhubarb red? Infuse hibiscus tea or Carcadet into your rhubarb – the best way is to make a rhubarb syrup by macerating in sugar first. Either use dried hibiscus flowers or hibiscus teabag infusions.

Teabags come in so many choices these days – many in the form of detox infusions, usually with the addition of rose or rosehip and berries.  It’s a perfect flavour match with rhubarb!

Now on video:

How to Prepare Rhubarb with a Versatile Fruit Compote Recipe (3 minutes)

rhubarb hibiscus

Healthy Fruit Compote – it’s Vegan Too!

The beauty with compote is that it’s versatile and vegan, too.

Try the same recipe using summer berries. It’s a great, healthy alternative to jam using just a quarter ratio of sugar to fruit.  It can keep well in the fridge, sealed in jam jars, for up to a week.

Can I Freeze Compote?

The answer is a YES! Compote freezes well too.

Freezing compote is perfect for that luxury winter moment when you need a dose of rhubarb or berries with that extra touch of hibiscus and rose.

What is Compote Used For?

We love rhubarb compote served chilled – from breakfast, to teatime, to desserts. Here are some ideas how best to serve your compote:

rhubarb rose crumbles

Rhubarb and Ginger Compote

Not fancy making the compote with the tea? Then it’s even easier!  Forget the tea part and just add some candied ginger to the compote – the combination is so fabulous. It reminds me of when I grew up in Scotland, when we always paired ginger with rhubarb.

 

green rhubarb hibiscus compote

Rhubarb Compote with Fruity Hibiscus Tea

5 from 13 votes
Rhubarb Hibiscus Compote
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Macerating time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 40 mins
 

Rhubarb Compote with Hibiscus tea, naturally colouring green rhubarb pink and infusing a delicious rose and cranberry-like flavour to it. So healthy, compote only uses a quarter of sugar, so far healthier than jam. Can keep in the fridge up to a week and freezes very well.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Condiments, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: fruit compote, hibiscus tea recipes, how to prepare rhubarb, Rhubarb compote,, rhubarb hibiscus
Servings: 6
Calories: 109 kcal
Author: Jill Colonna
Ingredients
  • 400 g (14oz) Rhubarb about 4 medium sticks
  • 100 g (3.5oz) Sugar (sugar ratio is 1/4 to rhubarb weight)
  • 1 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers (Carcardet) or 2 hibiscus teabags
  • strawberries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash and cut the rhubarb at both ends and discard the inedible leaves (these are toxic). Weigh your rhubarb in order to calculate how much sugar to use: the ratio is a quarter of sugar to fruit (unlike jam, compote is so much healthier!)

  2. Cut into chunks about 3cm and place in a bowl with the sugar.  Leave to stand for 2-3 hours (or overnight).

  3. Sieve off the rhubarb juices into a saucepan.  Add the tea and bring to the boil. Reduce the liquid slightly for about 10 minutes, remove the tea then add the rhubarb.

  4. Bring to the boil, then simmer over a gentle heat for about 15 minutes until the fruit is soft and collapses into a purée. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Refrigerate until needed.

Recipe Notes

Delicious served on top of homemade breakfast granola for a healthy vegan breakfast or spooned over vanilla ice cream for dessert.  

This recipe is also perfect made with soft summer berries. Again, the ratio is a quarter of sugar to fruit. For a complete demonstration of the recipe and variations, see my VIDEO HERE.

Refrigerate and keep in the fridge in sealed jam jars for up to a week.  This compote also freezes so well - perfect for a dose of rhubarb in the winter months.

Don't want the tea? Add candied ginger to this compote - the combination is fabulous!

Jill Colonna

MadAboutMacarons.com

15 replies
    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thanks so much, Christina – and loved your comment on YouTube! As a fellow rhubarb fan, I appreciate your kind words. Realise not everyone has access to rhubarb but the good news is that the recipe works with any summer fruits using the same principle x

      Reply
  1. Millicent
    Millicent says:

    5 stars
    We’re gingerly cultured and French rhubarb lovers… What a good combi to satisfy our mouths and souls!!! Merci Jill.

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  2. June
    June says:

    5 stars
    We have granola from your recipe every morning Jill. Never thought of adding rhubarb compote though so thank you for the idea. We are now growing rhubarb in the garden!

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  3. Julie
    Julie says:

    5 stars
    Coming back from my Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and having this on a warm financier cake is what heaven tastes like…. Mum points: +10000000000000000

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thank you, darling! The best part for me was watching you enjoy it so much. Makes everything worthwhile – does you good to appreciate the home comforts now and again!

      Reply
  4. Liz
    Liz says:

    5 stars
    I’d love this delectable compote on top of my morning yogurt. Now I need to peek at my garden to see if the rhubarb is ready for harvest soon!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Lucky you to have rhubarb growing in your garden, Liz. Let’s hope it’s more on the pink side but if not, it can still be pink!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thanks Eva. Compote isn’t exactly the most photogenic of foods but it’s so good. I’ve just made another batch – perhaps I should have stated double quantities!

      Reply

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