‘Vente’ in French means Sale and ‘Confit’ means ‘to preserve’. Vente Fruits confits are the result of an old art form practiced for preserving and candying fruit. These are basically small pieces of fruits preserved in sugar, which are sold in the form of candies, jellies and other tasty delights.
History of Candied Fruits
Candied or preserved fruits were introduced in France around the 15th century. Nostradamus – the Famous French Apothecary and Spiritualist was the first to suggest the idea of conserving fruits in sugar.
In 1555, Nostradamus wrote the remarkable book on candy-making “Treatise on Beauty Secrets and Preserves”. The book gave detailed descriptions on preserving small lemons and oranges with sugar, preparing sugar syrups, dry preserves and so on. This was a new and unique proposition and people started savoring fruits preserved in this form.
Fruit confits need to be made with great care – the fruits must be slowly penetrated with sugar, in such a way that its color, form and taste remain unchanged. The French tradition of preserving fruits has come a long way, and has spread from the Mediterranean region to the entire world.
The Making of Vente Fruit Confits
To prepare fruit confits, one needs to take fully ripened, mature fruits and cut them into small pieces. However certain fruits such as prunes, cherries etc can be used as a whole. The reason why smaller pieces are preferred is because during the preservation process, each part of the fruit must be completely infused with sugar, and this is easily accomplished when the pieces used are tiny. Whole large fruit confits are rarely available and are also quite expensive.
The process of making a fruit confit involves treating the food with an additive such as sugar, to prevent the food from going rancid. Preservation involves retarding the oxidation process and checking the growth of fungi, yeast and bacteria, in a way that the fruit’s nutritional value, taste and quality are retained.
Types of Fruit Confits
Fruits can be preserved in various forms, and then stored in cans, pouches or bottles for later use. Fruit confits or preserves are made all over the world in different ways:
Vente fruit confits offer a truly exotic experience for fruit lovers – they come in different varieties and are packed in beautiful boxes making them a healthy gift option as well.