Friday, 25 May 2018

Beer Cocktails to Pep Up Your Bank Holiday BBQ

The staple of all BBQ's is a nice cold pint of beer. But why not add a couple of twists to get your guests' tastebuds really going?

Raspberry Beer

You need:

  1. 1 can of beer 
  2. 1 shot raspberry rum

Just pour both into a glass and stir!

Snow White 

You need:

  • 3 parts 7up
  • 1 pint Heineken (or another beer of your choice)
Pour into a glass and stir!

Both super simple, but very effective!

What's your favourite beer cocktail? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Fruity Gadgets

When it comes to fruit, you may not know that there is a whole market of gadgets out there, designed to help your fruit consumption! Some you may already know; some you may never know you needed; but all completely ingenious!

Apple Corer and Slicer

Buy here
  3-In Avocado Tool

Buy here
 Banana Slicer
Buy here
 Cherry and Oliver Pitter

Buy here
 Mango Splitter
Buy here
 Melon Baller
Buy here
 Orange Peeler
Buy here
 Pomegranate Deseeder

Buy here
 Strawberry Huller
Buy here
 Strawberry Slicer
Buy here

Pineapple Corer
Buy here

What's your favourite fruity gadget? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 11 May 2018

How to keep your fruit fresher for longer

When you've spent money on a fruit delivery, you want to make sure it lasts, and we want to ensure you get to eat ALL your fruit! If you're having trouble keeping your fruit as fresh as possible, for as long as possible, we've got some handy tips on how to store your produce.

Should be kept in the Fridge

There are some items that should be kept in the fridge to ensure optimal freshness. This includes cut fruit, and berries. Cut fruit can be kept up to 3-5 days if kept in a fridge, and it's even better if they are stored in a sealed Tupperware box. All berries should be kept in the fridge, and even grapes and pomegranates benefit from being stored in the fridge.

Store on the counter, and then the fridge when ripe

 Certain fruits benefit from being kept on the counter to ripen, and then being moved to the fridge when ripe. These include:

  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums

Should be kept at room temperature

Other fruits should be kept at room temperature at all times. These include

  • Bananas
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges 
  • Satsumas
  • Watermelon
BEWARE: bananas emit a gas that ripens other fruits more quickly. We recommend you store bananas away from other fruit to ensure the other fruits stay fresher for longer. Unless you need them to ripen other fruits, in which case, put the bananas in a bag with the unripe fruit, and leave them to do their thing! Bananas will also ripen themselves quicker if kept in a bag.

How do you store your fruit? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 4 May 2018

What do we do with your fruit boxes?

Some of our customers ask if we recycle our boxes, and the answer is yes! However there are a couple of things we need you, the customer, to do for us to be able to do so.

1) The box must be in a good, usable condition. This means the box must be in it's original form (not flat-packed) and must be clean. Think about how you would want to receive your fruit box!
2) It must be left in a safe place for us to collect. This may be with your security, in a loading bay, or in a designated safe place.
3) Let us know you want us to collect the boxes!

If the boxes are clean and usable, we will then take the box and make good use of it, either as another fruit box, or perhaps even to deliver milk or other items to our customers. Sometimes we even use them as storage in our Dispatch Unit! Waste not want not!

Here at Fruit For The Office we're always thinking of ways to help the environment, so if you would like us to collect your boxes, please do let us know!

Do you recycle? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Why you should have fruit in your office

You may have seen our fruit vans around London, or maybe even our fruit boxes outside your neighbour's offices, and you may wonder, why do people have fruit in their office? What do they know that I don't?

Here's why you should have fruit in your office:

It keeps your staff healthy!

Fruits contain lots of vitamins and minerals which help strengthen the immune system, which prevents sickness and time off work.

Keeps you alert!

Fruits contain natural sugars which give the body a boost, and helps you to focus on your current task.

Great for motivation!

Fruit helps motivate your workforce in two ways:
1) Providing a healthy snack keeps people in the office, and providing them with a food source which is healthy keeps them motivated for their work day.
2) Fruit is colourful and looks great, the fruit bowl will always get compliments! Providing fruit for your staff also shows you appreciate them.

Reduce unnecessary breaks

As above, if you have fruit in the office, when people it hits the elevensies munchies that normally sees people running out the office for that chocolate bar fix, they can instead head to the break room and grab a tasty piece of fruit instead!

What are your top reasons for having fruit in the office? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 20 April 2018

Fruity Facemasks

We all know fruits are good for us on the inside, but did you know they are also great on the outside too? We love to make use of the leftover fruits here at FFTO, to make these brilliant face masks which help us keep our skin healthy and glowing! Here's our top 3...

1. Grape Mask

If you have leftover grapes, and you suffer with minor acne and pimples, why not make a grape mask? It's super simple - just mash a few grapes and apply the pulp to your face. Allow it to dry, and admire your glowing skin!

2. Apple Mask

Apples contain many vitamins, and even copper, which are all beneficial to the skin. They help prevent wrinkles, protect the skin from UV rays and give your skin a beautiful glow. Take a spoonful of honey, and mix it with some ground up apples. Apply the mixture to your face, and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off when it's done.

3. Banana Mask

Bananas are great as a facial mask as they help moisturise the skin and keep it soft. They contain many minerals and vitamins for glowing skin. Mash up half a bananas with a few strawberries, and add a little honey. Apply it to your face and leave for 20 minutes, rinsing when it's done.

Luckily, all these items can be found in your office fruit delivery! Find out more here.

Do you make fruit face masks? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Profile On: Mango

In this edition of a "Profile On" we look at the delicious mango!

What is it?
It's a juicy stone fruit it belongs to the cashew genus Anacardiceae, which is also the same family as pistachios.

What does it look like?
The fruit varies in size, shape, colour. They can be yellow, orange, red or green and carry a single flat, oblong pit that can be fibrous or hairy on the surface, which does not separate from the pulp easily. They can be round oval or kidney shaped, and ranging from 5-25 cm in length and 140g to 2kg in weigh. The skin is leather-like waxy smooth and fragrant.

Other names?
It is sometimes known as The King of Fruits; and locally it is called mangot, manga, and mangou

Where's it from?
Native to South East Asia, it is now the most cultivated fruit in the tropics.

When is it available?
Mangoes are their best in Summer, although you may well find various cultivars that area available all year round.

How do I eat it?
Peel the mango from top to bottom, going deeper until you can see yellow pulp if the mango is not quite ripe. Determine the tallest line of the mango, as the pit will be sitting along that line. Slice the mango in half, avoiding the pit. Cut around the pip, and slice the cut halves. Slice them horizontally into smaller wedges. Then enjoy!

The skin of unripe, pickled or cooked mango can be consumed, but may cause contact dermatitis of the lips, gingiva or tongue in susceptible people.

What does it taste like?
The mango is sweet luscious, juicy. Some cultivars have a soft, pulpy texture similar to an overripe plum, while others are firmer like an avocado, and some have a fibrous texture.

What are the health benefits?

  • Rich in fibre
  • Low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium
  • Rich in vitamin B6, vitamin A and C
  • Rich in potassium, magnesium and copper
  • A tonic made from mangoes in Chinese medicine is used to treat bleeding gums, anaemia, cough, constipation, nausea, fever, sickness and as a cure for weak digestion

Do you like to eat mangoes? Let us know @office_fruit!

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