Combine all ingredients in a large glass mixing bowl; stir gently. Ladle mixture into clean jars; cover with metal lids, and screw bands only fingertip tight. Let stand in a warm, dark place 3 weeks, stirring fruit every other day with a wooden spoon.
Serve fruit over ice cream, orange sherbet, or pound cake, reserving at least 1 1/2 cups fruit mixture to use as a starter at all times. Yield: 2 1/2 quarts.
Note: To replenish starter, add 1 cup sugar and one of the first 3 ingredients every 1 to 3 weeks, alternating fruit each time; stir gently. Cover and let stand at room temperature 3 days before serving.