Persian plum compote (kompote Goje Sabz)

So easy and delicious! Persian sour plums converted into the most delicious dessert!
You have most probably seen this wonderful fruit at oriental grocery stores, not knowing what to do with them. I do not blame you.
Goje sabz is green plums with quite a dense, sweet flesh. Some Iranians like to enjoy this fruit when it is small, green, crunchy and tart with a pinch of salt.  Others prefer to wait until the fruit fully ripens – the taste changes radically; they become softer, sweeter and very juicy. Personally, I like to make a compote with the not yet ripen fruits, it really reminds me of my childhood.
To my absolute delight, I can nowadays find them in Sweden too


500 grams of green plums
1 dl sugar
3 dl water
1 stalk fresh mint (optional)


  1. Wash the fruit.
  2. Mix sugar, water, and plums in a saucepan stir until the sugar is dissolved. If you want to use mint stalk put it in the saucepan from the beginning as well. Or you might prefer to have some cardamom kernels instead.
  3. Bring it to a boil – lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the plums are soft. Once in a while, they have to cook a little bit longer.

Allow cooling before serving. Store it in the fridge.



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