One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounSouth African
A preserve containing whole fruit or pieces of fruit.
- ‘From a high of over thirty fresh produce stalls, it has shrunk to three which nonetheless stock a wide range of goods, including traditional Cape delicacies such as watermelon konfyt and chutney.’
- ‘I cannot wait to bite into the hard, glassy shell of the block of konfyt and taste the sticky, sweet insides.’
- ‘Watermelon konfyt is also good with ginger.’
- ‘Here snoek, a firm white fish, is traditionally served with konfyt.’
- ‘The early settlers - Dutch and German - brought with them a sense of orderliness, frugality, and a love of jams and preserves, konfyt, and of baked goods which remains evident even now.’
Mid 19th century: Afrikaans, from Dutch konfijt, probably from French confiture.
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