Compote is cooked (stewed fruit) with added sugar, water and optional spices. The fruit can be cooked whole or cut down and almost anything can be used – apples, figs, apricots, rhubarb, berries. For the best flavour, it’s good to use whatever seasonal fruit is available.
I have found that it is possible to use frozen fruit. I love berries, but cannot get full-flavour, fresh ones in the UK in the winter, so by buying frozen, they retain a lot of flavour and are handy from the freezer for so many other recipes. When you cook, they will have additional water content, so don’t add as much water, when cooking.