Combine all ingredients except for almond extract, in crock pot or heavy pan.
If using crock pot, set control to LOW and simmer 4-6 hours or until fruit is very soft. Remove crockpot cover, discard whole cinnamon stick if using, and if necessary, *mash any chunks of fruit with potato masher.
Stir in almond extract. Adjust seasoning.
For stovetop, bring fruit mixture to boil, cover and simmer on low 1 hour or until fruit is very soft. If any fruit chunks remain, *mash with potato masher. (Be sure to remove whole cinnamon stick first.) Stir in almond extract. Adjust seasoning.
Serve applesauce warm or cold.
*At this point, you could opt to use a hand held immersion blender to puree the fruit.