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Composta is a compôte or a jam with a high percentage of fruit (there are also savoury ones, notably onion). The word is a classic 'false friend' for Italians learning English, who may offer confounded guests a bowl of 'compost' for dessert.

composta di Tropea: onion jam using cipolla di Tropea.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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