Sour Cherry Compote
This easy, versatile compote, developed by SAVEUR's Alexia Nader, is thicker than a syrup but not quite a jam. It's a perfect use for summer's sour cherries. Use it as a topping for crêpes, ice cream, yogurt, or cake. Helen Rosner

As the markets brim over with the sweet, juicy bounty of the midsummer harvest, set some of your haul aside for later with these recipes for compotes, jams, and preserves. From sour cherries to watermelon rind to raspberries, your favorite summer fruits become something special once they hit the canning jar — enjoy them immediately, or use them to recall summer well into the cooler seasons.

See a dozen recipes for summer fruit preserves in the gallery »