Friday, 18 July 2014

A Day in the Life of... Office Manager @ FFTO




Sometimes it feels weird to be ordering (or thinking of ordering) from a company and not knowing anything about them. I mean, do the employees have Casual Friday, do they prefer tea or coffee, are they fruit ordering robots or people...?

So, we felt the best way to let you get to know our family-owned office fruit delivery company a bit better was by asking employees what they do on an average day - whether it's at our admin office in Greater London or at our fruit packing warehouse in Central London.

Callie, our office manager, works at our Essex office and spends her day doing every job under the sun - from making sure that office fruit orders are taken, to dealing with customer queries and even running the social media! So here's her (busy!) day in the life:


What is your title at work? 

Office manager

What gets you out of bed in the morning for work? (A song, a pet, amazing food, looking forward to something at work?) 

Generally knowing that there is so much to be done at the office. The phone starts ringing before the office opens at 09:00am so I have to be prompt when arriving!

What do you eat for breakfast and do you have it at home or work?

 I prefer not to eat first thing in the morning as I’m normally rushing around (oops) so it’s usually a banana on the way to work, or when I arrive a nice cup of tea and some berries.

Do you get made and dressed up for work or does it depend on what’s happening that day? 

We’re quite causal here at FFTO so unless I have meetings or we’re heading out after work it’s jeans and a tee!

How do you get into work? 

We’re a local family run business so many of us travel in by car.

What do you do as soon as you get into work? 

Kettle on, and answer the phone meanwhile. Normally crack a joke with accounts that start MEGA early, to start the day off right.

You’ve turned on your computer, what’s the first thing you do? 

We get a lot of enquiries about our services so I like to get back to those emails straight away! We communicate with our night time staff via email so I like to check that all deliveries are going out okay and if I need to contact any of our drivers or clients first thing.

Any meetings you have to attend? 

At present we’re interviewing for a few positions in the office, so it’s great meeting so many new people who are so interested in what we’re doing here. Lovely to get great feedback from individuals who may not have heard of the unique service we offer! Sometimes I attend new client meets to reassure our customers we’re regular ol’ humans organising their fruit deliveries, and that we know our stuff ;)

It’s time for elevenses, what do you grab for?

An apple! Fitting in the new scheme of 7-a-day means that I’m eating so much fruit, so regularly!

What work do you need to get done today?

I’m currently rearranging our office to accustom for the new starters. We’re growing so quickly we need new desks! I'm usually pestering our Directors about something, and it's great working for a small company in that they're so heavily involved and available. Today I need to ask our Head Buyer, Tom, if we can add a few new products to the website!

Is there much office banter or is it normally just rounds of tea, biscuits and pleasantries?

The tea flows all day, one of us is usually making! We’re all ladies here so it’s pretty polite… most of the time. We do have a hula hoop for a mad half hour; which tends to happen quite regularly when our nutty director, Lesley, is in the office!

Lunch at the desk or lunch out?

Lunch out! Working in a small office means that you never escape the ring of the telephone. A nice brisk walk helps refresh the brain, especially in the current sunshine! 

Do you have fruit in your office & do you find it improves staff health & productivity?

Yes! We prefer chopped fruit packs as it can take time to prepare when you're busy, although everybody gets excited in the summer when we have melon or pineapple to cut up. We eat a lot of fruit here as we have to lead by example! We do have treats in the office, but when you’re constantly talking about fruit it does make you crave a banana or an apple.





We hope you enjoyed finding out more about Fruit for the Office and what goes on behind that delicious box of fruit you get delivered to your office.

If you want to see more of these 'A Day in the Life of...' blogs, tweet us @office_fruit or leave a comment down below to let us know.

And, as always, give us a ring or an email if you're interested in an office fruit delivery or fruit gift basket in the London area and you might even get a response from the office manager herself - you lucky thing!


Friday, 11 July 2014

Bored of Buckingham? The Only Places You Should Be Visiting in London

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"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." 
There's nothing worse than trying to find a new place to visit in London - whether you've got a friend coming to visit that you want to impress or you're fed up with eating the same lunch day in, day out.
So stop Googling 'London attractions' or 'London places to go' and getting the usual Buckingham Palace and Science Museum (Yawn!) Look through our list and find out the coolest, slightly secret places to go in London that you may never have heard of.

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East End London Food Tour
Meets close to Liverpool Street Station
Morning departures every day (except Sundays) eatinglondontours.co.uk/east-end-food-tour

Eat your way around the East End on this guided walking tour. There's all manner of Cockney cuisine from cockels to pie and mash!


ClueQuest
11 Plough Yard, EC2A 3LP
Games available to book every day. cluequest.co.uk

Being trapped in a room might not sound like a great day out but ClueQuest locks you in a room full of puzzles, riddles and challenges. You and your team have got an hour to get out. Can you solve ClueQuest?


Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
2 Colville Mews, W11 2AR
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: 11am-5pm. Closed Monday. museumofbrands.com

It's like playing the Logo Game outdoors! This London museum is not as well known as the others but it means you can look at the exhibits you want without having to crane over the heads of 20 others until it gets too much to bear and you have to resort to moderate tutting - we are in London after all.


Truefit & Hill
71 St James's Street, SW1A 1PH
Monday-Saturday: 8.30am-5.30pm. Closed Sunday. truefittandhill.co.uk

Feel like a true London gentleman at the oldest barber shop in the world. Enjoy a luxury cut throat shave and hot towel - just make sure your barber isn't called Sweeney Todd...


Strip
Locations in Notting Hill, Chelsea, Soho, One New Change and Topshop Oxford Circus
Opening times vary by location. stripwaxbar.com

Waxing definitely isn't something to get excited about but it is at Strip as their waxing is almost painless! The wax also smells amazing with choices including chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, you'll be smooth and good enough to eat.



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Secret Cinema
(Secret) Locations depend on event.
(Secret) Times vary by event. secretcinema.org

The clue is in the name as is this cinema keeps the locations of their events on the hush-hush. Huge showings include the Shawshank Redemption shown in a make-shift prison and a viewing of The Grand Budapest Hotel in a fake Grand Budapest Hotel! Next up this Summer is Back to The Future and you can explore Hill Valley from 1955, 1985 and the very futuristic iteration of 2015. If you like to really get immersed in your films, here's where to do it.


Angels
1 Garrick Road, NW9 6AA
Times depend on tour. angels.uk.com

Love exquisite and iconic costumes? They were probably made at Angels. Small tours are run around the premises, giving you a unique look at thousands upon thousands of intricately made costumes that you've only seen on the small or silver screen.



The Berkeley
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
1pm-5.30pm every day. the-berkeley.co.uk/fashion-afternoon-tea

Afternoon tea for the fashion elite is here with cakes and desserts designed to look exactly like their catwalk counterparts. The menu even changes twice a year to reflect A/W and S/S trends! Expect Miu-Miu meringues and Chanel cookies.


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Soho's Secret Tea Room
Upstairs at the Coach & Horses, 29 Greek St, W1D 5DH
12-6pm every day. sohossecrettearoom.co.uk

A vintage tea room hidden away from bustling Soho will make you feel like you've discovered a sweet, scone covered gem.


Karaoke Box
Locations in Mayfair, Soho and Smithfield
Opening times vary by location. karaokebox.co.uk

Love to sing but hate crooning in front of a huge crowd? Try Karaoke Box, small rooms inspired by East Asia where you can blast out ballads with no-one to mock you - except your friends.


Scenario Bar & Loading Bar & London Game Space
97 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8BX
Events and opening times vary. barscenario.co.uklondongamespace.org

Three venues squeezed into one makes for a great mix of events. London Game Space allows those in the games industry to mingle and co-work whilst Scenario and Loading provide amazing game themed cocktails - an amazing place to visit for techy types.


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Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Pl, WC2H 7BY
Showing times and events vary. princecharlescinema.com

Wish you could watch old films on the big screen? At Prince Charles Cinema you can watch anything from new releases to black and white classics with themed events available all the time. Pyjama sleepover horror movie marathon, anyone?


Wam Bam Club
The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Sq, WC1B 4DA
Show every Saturday night, other events at varying times. wambamclub.com


Burlesque is a huge trend right now and it shows no signs of faltering. An amazing mix of cabaret, comedy and, of course, a lot of tease - Wam Bam Club will fulfil your pin-up fantasies.


Hyper Japan
Earls Court One, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, SW5 9TA
25-27 July 2014. hyperjapan.co.uk

Japanese culture is so rich and varied, from its beautiful, traditional history to the futuristic Tokyo of today. Hyper Japan allows you to experience it all over just a day or an entire 3-day weekend by enjoying sushi tastings or trying your hand at dressing as an adorable Lolita.


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East End Thrift Store
Unit 1A, Assembly Passage, E1 4UT
Sunday-Wednesday: 11am-6pm. Thursday-Saturday: 11am-7pm. facebook.com/pages/East-End-Thrift-Store/165943483434967

An obsession with vintage can become incredibly expensive but East End Thrift Store allows you to Supermarket Sweep your way through clothes from the past. Pay for a bag, fill it up and off you go with several outfits crammed inside.

Mooboo

Locations in Soho and Camden
Opening times vary by location. moo-boo.com

Bubble Tea is an interesting drink originating from Taiwan but it can be done poorly if you go to the wrong place. Try Mooboo and you can taste all kinds of delicious variations, with fruity and milky varieties available all including the famous 'bubbles' at the bottom.



Chin Chin Labs
49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
Open every day 12pm-7pm. chinchinlabs.com

Even seen Heston Blumenthal blitz food using liquid nitrogen? That's how Chin Chin Labs make all their ice cream. Decked out to look like a lab, the ice cream is deliciously smooth thanks to the super quick freezing process.



Boxpark
2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY
Opening times vary by unit. boxpark.co.uk

This pop-up mall features all kinds of shops, from Korean food to clothes. Get a taste of hipster-tastic Shoreditch in one convenient location.


Gingerline
Texted the location on the night, just make sure you're along the Ginger Line (London Overground)
Times and dates vary by event. gingerline.co.uk

A secret event that changes theme every time. Sign up, make sure you're near a London Overground station and wait for your text telling you which station to meet at. Secret and very chic, you never know what will happens next - and we can't tell you!


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Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know your favourite London spot or leave us a comment below if you've visited any of our favourites!



Friday, 4 July 2014

Everything you Need to Know to Start Juicing

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The juicing diet is the healthy fad that won't go away - and for good reason! Not only does the combination of flavours taste delicious, juicing helps you get your 5-a-day (or 7-a-day!) and it's faster as it bypasses all that laborious chewing (because, really, who has time for chewing in our busy, office lives?!)

At Fruit For the Office we believe in a world where people enjoy their fruit however they like, whether it's whole, pureed, dried, in a cake, in a smoothie or juiced. So read on and we'll give you all the information you need to know about the easy and fast ways to start juicing.


Pros of Juicing

  • If you're not a fan of your fruits and veggies (no matter how many times you try to do the aeroplane spoon to yourself with them) juicing is a delicious way to incorporate natural, healthy foods into your diet
  • The last bits of office fruit going to go to waste over the weekend? No problem! Juicing is a great way to reduce food waste by using fruit that is just about to spoil - especially if you're one of those who are prejudiced against less-than-perfect fruit (Poor bruised apples, no-one will ever love you!)
  • Studies show that eating more fruit and veg has a significant effect on your lifespan and all around health and wellbeing. So if you're finding it hard to get enough fruit and vegetables into your diet then juicing three, four or even five types into one juice will make getting your 5-a-day, easier and quicker
  • Juicing your fruit and vegetables provides you with all the same vitamins, minerals and nutrients as if you ate them whole
  • The high water content of fruit and vegetables keeps you hydrated
  • As part of a balanced diet, fresh fruit and vegetables juice are an easy and delicious way to incorporate natural sugars, vitamins, minerals and general goodness into your diet

Cons of Juicing

  • Turning fruits from a solid into a liquid concentrates the sugar content meaning that whilst a whole pomegranate, for example, only contains 12g of sugar, a glass of pomegranate juice has a whopping 37g of sugar. So if you're a calorie counter, add more vegetables to your juice mix. Also, make sure you keep looking after your teeth if you become a die-hard juicer!
  • The sensation of chewing alone can make you feel more full so slurping your meals down through a straw may lead to you feeling less satisfied and will have you turning to bigger meals out of hunger in the long run
  • Although people will pray to the altar of 'The Juice Cleanse' there really is no reputable evidence that consuming nothing but juice will detox your internal organs - they do that themselves. Fruit and veg will make you healthier and give you more energy but it really needs to be consumed as part of a balanced diet!
  • We all need fibre and pulverising your fruits and veggies in a blender then removing the pulp means that you lose all the goodness of fibre in your glass of otherwise healthy juice. Fibre helps lower cholesterol, keeps you fuller for longer, maintains gastrointestinal health and regulates your blood sugar levels (which will spike sky high after consuming fruit, meaning juice without pulp will make that sugar rush - and inevitable sugar crash - kick in) 

Should I Buy a Blender or a Juicer?

The main thing that puts your regular office worker off of juicing is the cost of equipment. Both blenders and juicers can be equally as expensive as you will be paying for quality (and fancy settings) but whilst most people believe a blender and a juicer are interchangeable they are as different as an apple and an orange. They look similar but both have completely different insides, textures and tastes. I've broken it down as simply as possible to let you make an informed decision about whether you should be making juice in a juicer or a blender.

Blender


1.  Fibre


Whilst a high quality blender is generally cheaper than an equivalent high quality juicer, using a blender will give you a consistency much closer to a smoothie even if you add plenty of water - this is because as it blends the final product will retain all the wonderful fibre I've been harping on about. The inclusion of fibre is a bonus for some who are looking to add more nutrients to their daily diet but it can be a curse for those wishing to actually embark on a juice cleanse as it will activate your digestive tract and for those with sensitive stomachs who are not used to a high-fibre diet it may cause quite a few trips to the toilet for the first few tries. However, obviously, the fibre will keep you fuller and stop your blood sugar from spiking so it really depends on your body - and you know it better than anyone else!

2.  Prep


A blender may find it hard or even impossible to mash through whole fruits if you have a less powerful model whereas good juicers can suck in a whole apple and leave you with a glass of fresh juice. If you're low on time, having to peel, de-core and chop up each individual fruit and vegetable may not be right for your lifestyle.

3.  Easy to Clean

As blenders are easy to assemble, they're also easy to clean. Just a quick separation and run under the tap or if your blender has a clean function you can just add some soap and water and let it do its thing.

4. Supplements

Using a blender you can actually add supplements such as spirulina and maca root powder to your concoctions, ramping up the health factor even more.

5. Multi-functional

Not only can you make juices, you can make smoothies, soups, sauces, dips... anything that can be blended will be blended. If you sprung for a top notch model you can even start dropping iPhones in it*


*We are definitely not responsible for you blending your gadgets, so don't blame us for your curiosity!


Juicer

1. Stomach Shortcut

Due to the lack of fibre, fresh juice gives you all the nutrients without activating your digestion. This is ideal for people who have sensitive digestion and those who need to give their body a break to allow it to heal itself.

2. Energy Boost

Another positive for the lack of fibre contained in juice made in a juicer is the energy boost it brings about. The high sugar contain in fruits will get you wired - just make sure you've got an equal amount of veg in there to stop that comedown hitting too hard.

3. Unfufilling 

Juice can make you feel less full, in part due to the lack of fibre and also the lack of chewing involved. This could be a problem if you have a big appetite as you might start reaching for the snacks to get you through the day if you're embarking on a full-on juice cleanse.


4. Hard to Clean

With a lot of unseen innards and, of course, that pulp had to go somewhere, juicers can be a pain in the peach to clean. So both blenders and juicers have their time-consuming bits wherever it's chopping or cleaning.

5. Green without the Gag

Blending your fruits and vegetables, and thus leaving all the pulp in, makes the flavours much more pronounced. This means that if you try and make that Green Machine juice you saw on Pinterest that had a healthy dose of rocket in a blender you may be only taking one gulp of that before it hits the bin. However, juicing somehow makes it easier to disguise bad tasting veggies with good tasting ones as well as sweet tasting fruits than it does when blending. A good thing to know if your tastebuds are particularly sensitive!



Tweet us @office_fruit or Facebook us if you want to know more about juicing and whether this has helped you on your way to becoming a Green Goddess, or if you're still not convinced, a Peach eating Purist.
And as always, comment below! We love getting feedback and we may even write a blog based on any questions you've raised!




Friday, 27 June 2014

How to Get Organised for Work

You've seen it written a thousand times on those cheesy motivational posters your irritating "let's do lunch" boss insists on coating their office walls with. 'Organisation is the key to success'.

And as much as you fight it and try and wing it through meetings, stacks of documents and even lunch - organisation is the mother of all skills to have. The mother that strokes your head and says "Shh, it's okay, here's those reports you need for today's meeting all alphabetically filed in this functional - yet super cute - folder and, guess what, your lunch isn't smushed and bruised because you put it in your amazingly fashionable lunchbox today."

Organisation is awesome.

So here's Fruit for the Office's top ways to stay organised at work, from filing to meeting to eating.


Fruit Saviour

Bananaguards.co.uk might sound slightly sketchy for the filthy minded among you but these hunks of plastic are an absolute godsend for anyone who's ever taken a piece of fruit out of their bag to find it bruised, punctured and sloppy - so next time you get an office fruit delivery and want to take a piece (or five) home - be sure to always use protection.



90s Throwback

Nothing reminds you more of being at school back in the 90s (and early 00s) than smelly gel pens. Not only do they smell like delicious, sweet fruit, they also help you colour code any notes you have to make. You were the coolest kid if you had the full set of exotic smelling fruit pens and now you can finally be cool again with this set from Urban Outfitters! (We're kidding, you were always cool - your mum told us.)




Filing Good

Those metal paper holders that were supplied with your desk on day one are making your office look more and more like a scrap shop every day. Shake the gloom of cloudy coloured chrome and spruce up your desk with this Emma Bridgewater storage box adorned with zesty, bright oranges and a motivational quote you can believe in. Who knows, it might even make you want to file more documents! (Spoiler warning: It probably won't)


People still write on paper?

We'll never tire of a fresh notebook ready to be filled with notes, to-dos, bucket lists, meeting minutes, diary entries... or just doodles when the client on the other end of the phone has you on hold for the twentieth time. Keep things chic, fruity and SS14 on-trend with these pineapple print notebooks from Etsy sellers invisiblecrown and feltmountainstudios.










What can't you live without at the office? Whether you're a PA, secretary or office assistant, tweet us @office_fruit and let us know what keeps you organised (even if it's making your to-do lists on tumblr)

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Berry Exciting Journey to Wimbledon



Only three days to go until Wimbledon begins for 2014 and the best of the best of tennis battle it out on courts bathed in the (hopefully) still scorching British sunshine. 


But despite Wimbledon being about tennis, an office fruit supplier can't be constantly concerned with the goings on of a fuzzy green ball. Nope, we here at Fruit for the Office have our eye on a berry good prize - the classic Wimbledon favourite: strawberries and cream.


Wimbledon is the best time to sample what British berries have to offer as all our berries are now in season in the UK and at their best!



UK Summer Berries in Season





Blackberries

June to November 


Strawberries

April to October


Raspberries

June to October 


Blueberries

June to September




Health Benefits of Berries

  • Water
All of our British berries are over 80% water - providing hydration to keep your innards running smoothly throughout the summer! 

Fruit For the Office Top Tip: Take an ice cube tray and place a whole berry (or a slice if using a big berry such as the strawberry) into each hole. Cover each hole in water and place in freezer for a few hours or until frozen. Add to your water for a hydrating, nutritious, fruity kick OR add to your Pimms to create an even more delicious concoction whilst still keeping your precious Pimms chilled.


  • Fibre
The high amount of fibre in berries makes them your best friend if your trying to lower your cholesterol or if you're just trying to keep your digestive system in tip-top condition (and who isn't?!)

  • Antioxidants
It's the health buzzword that's been on everyone's lips for years now. But berries are packed to bursting with them and whilst we won't go into too much detail (we'll be here from now till the end of Wimbledon if we dust off the biology textbooks) antioxidants are amazingly helpful for keeping your body feeling and looking better. The antioxidants in berries are said to ease and/or fend off arthritis, cataracts and other eye-related problems, cardiovascular disease, age-related memory problems, mood disorders and more. What a clever little berry!

  • Skin and Hair
We started gobbling up berries when we heard this one: berries can keep your hair and skin looking amazing. Packed full of vitamins - and the famous antioxidants - berries can keep you looking and feeling younger and more radiant. Perfect for when you're trying to catch the eye of an attractive tennis player from the stands of centre court!


Eton Mess Recipe

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Whilst Wimbledon are famed for their strawberries and cream (a recipe so sinfully easy to make we'd feel like utter bananas for even typing it out for you) there's always a few stands selling an office fruit supplier's favourite summer treat: Eton Mess.

But, we here at Fruit for the Office love fruit (the clue's in the name, really) so we couldn't stop at just strawberries in our Eton Mess. Here's our recipe for a truly luscious Eton Mess - made with in season, UK grown strawberries as well as blueberries, blackberries and raspberries that are all available now to order with your next delivery!


Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 200g strawberries, hulls removed
  • 200g raspberries
  • 100g blackberries
  • 100g blueberries
  • 450ml double cream
  • 4 ready-made meringue nests, crushed
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint, to garnish

Method

  1. Puree half of the fruit in a blender
  2. Whip the double cream until stiff peaks form then fold in the crushed meringue and the berry puree
  3. Fold in the remaining half of the fruit into the mixture (chopping up any bigger berries) and leave a whole strawberry for each serving as decoration
  4. Spoon equal amounts in four cold bowls or glasses
  5. Serve garnished with a whole strawberry and a sprig of mint

Place the berry best order now!

We can't hark on about it enough, Wimbledon begins the 23rd June and we're ready to take your office fruit delivery orders for berries and, if you feel the office needs a tennis-themed treat, we have readily-prepared Wimbledon strawberries and cream to be delivered to your office. It's the perfect decadence and morale boost for a sunny London Monday morning!


Tweet us @office_fruit to let us know if your office will be doing anything special for Wimbledon, whether it's gorging yourself on delicious British berries or if you'll be rocking up to Casual Friday in your tennis whites!



Friday, 13 June 2014

How to Store Fruit at Work

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It can be such a pain trying to eat well, only to come back to the fruit you bought yesterday for a healthy snack to find it wilted, mouldy or a colour you definitely don't think it should be.

Not only does it mean you go hungry without a sweet snack, it causes large amounts of waste having to throw away piles of rotten fruit that would have lasted much longer if you had stored it correctly!

So who better to tell you how to store your fruit properly than an office fruit supplier?


Keep Gassy Fruits Away

Certain fruits emit a ripening gas called ethylene that can speed up the decaying process of other fruits that are susceptible to its powers. This means that if you pop bananas next to your apples, you'll notice your apples turning ripe - then rotten - much quicker!

Keep track of what to store next to each other or at other ends of the kitchen:

But remember some fruits both produce and are sensitive to ethylene (just to make things more difficult!)

Ethylene-producing



  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas (ripe)
  • Cantaloupes
  • Honeydew melons
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums



Ethylene sensitive




  • Apples
  • Bananas (unripe)
  • Blackberries
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Kiwis
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon





Ethylene producing fruits should not be placed in a closed container as this concentrates the amount of gas and can speed up ripening! So take your fruit out the bag and pop into a fruit bowl if it appears in the first list!


Spoiled Rotten


The old saying "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch" isn't just a metaphor you'd hear as a school kid after hanging around with that one naughty child in your class. It's really true as the ripening gas we mentioned before will really cause you trouble once the fruit has spoilt. 

So be sure to remove the one mouldy fruit in the bowl/box/container otherwise the rest will turn rotten before you can even call us up for your next office fruit order.


Keeping it cool


Especially during the warm summer months, you can always be tempted to think that the fridge is the best place for your precious office fruit.

However, it really depends on the fruit as whilst some are best stored in the chilly confines of the fridge, some fruit will suffer.

For example, bananas turn black when stored in the fridge - not nice!

Here's another of our famous expert lists about where you should be keeping that delicious fruit:


Room temperature (store in fridge once ripened)

  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupe melons
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mangos
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pear
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Quinces
  • Star Fruit
Storing these fruits in the fridge before they are ripened will cause them to lose flavour and develop odd textures 


Refrigerate immediately after purchase

  •  Blackberries
  •  Blueberries
  •  Cherries
  •  Cranberries
  •  Currants
  •  Elderberries
  •  Figs
  •  Grapes
  •  Raspberries
  •  Strawberries

Room temperature OR Fridge (Doesn't matter too much but fridge will keep them fresher for longer)

  •  Apples
  •  Clementines
  •  Grapefruit
  •  Kumquats
  •  Lemons
  •  Limes
  •  Oranges
  •  Pomegranate
  •  Tangerines
  •  Watermelon



Tweet us @Office_fruit if you have any more questions about how to store your fruit or leave us a comment below if you want any more information!



Friday, 6 June 2014

Women V Cancer Ride the Night 2014



Riding your bike around London - trying not to be nudged off the road by overzealous cab drivers and avoiding seemingly kamikaze commuters - can seem a particularly daunting task, especially at night!


But charity event Women V Cancer Ride the Night takes you on a scenic, moonlit journey through the capital's streets on a circular 100km ride passing by London's top tourist attractions whilst every pedal you push helps to raise money to help fight breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.



Fruit for the Office sprung into action to help this worthy cause and - because we were all too chicken to ride a bike that isn't stationary and attached to a gym floor! - we donated boxes upon boxes of bananas to the exhausted but severely toned thigh-ed women who pushed their pedal to the gravel.



We hope all the ladies that took part on the 31st May 2014 are fully recovered now and we also hope that cyclists - new and old - will be applying for next year's Women V Cancer Ride the Night at this link!


Be sure to tweet us @office_fruit or leave a comment below if you were at Ride the Night and you may be featured on a future blog or tweet!




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