For syrup, combine water, sugar, lemon juice, and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Cool. Cover and chill up to 24 hours.
Place fruit in a large serving bowl. Pour syrup over fruit, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Makes 6 servings.
Fruits such as oranges and apples were once cherished as holiday gifts. Rekindle the memory of such simple joys with this pleasing compote.