Friday, 16 August 2019

Profile On: Peaches

In our next instalment of our Profile:On series, we look at the peach, a super-popular stone fruit! August is also the American Peach Month, so you're reading this right on time!

What is it?

Peaches are stone fruit, which means they have a stone, or pit in the middle. The outside skin will have a small variety of colours, from deep red to a light yellow. Peaches can have either yellow or white flesh inside. They can be round, or flat.

How can you tell the difference between a peach and a nectarine? A peach has slightly "fuzzy" skin, while a nectarine is smooth.

Where does its name come from?

Where's it from?


Peaches started in China, as early as 6000BC! It later moved to Japan.

China is still the largest producer of peaches, but they are also grown in Spain, Italy, Greece, and the US.

When is it season?


Peach season goes from the beginning of May, until late September, but the peak Peach season is in July and August.

What does it taste like?

White fleshed peaches will be very sweet, with no acidity, whereas yellow fleshed peaches will be sweet with an acidic tang.

What are the health benefits?


Peaches are full of dietary fibre to help aid digestion, and only contain 58 calories for a medium one, so a nice tasty treat, without loads of calories! Peaches may also help with allergy symptoms, as it works as a natural antihistamine.

Did you know?

There are over 700 varieties of peaches!


Do you love peaches? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 9 August 2019

How to keep healthy on business trips

If your job involves travelling and business trips, you may find it difficult to get back into the routine once the trip is over. You may even find yourself getting ill more often. What can you do to keep yourself healthy while on a business trip? Read on to find out...

Keep hydrated

Hydration is key to keeping your mind and body healthy. After all, your body is 60% water! Drinking plenty of water helps everything from your brain, to your muscles, even to your digestion. Try for between 1.5l to 2l a day. If you struggle to get in your water intake, try using a reusable bottle that you can take with you, especially if you have meetings or events to attend. There are also plenty of apps on your phone that will remind you when you next need to take a drink!

Eat fruit and veg for vitamins

Eating well while you're travelling is essential, although we know it's so easy to just grab convenience food when you're on the go! Although the recommendation is now 7 portions of fruit and veg a day, when you're travelling or in meetings constantly, take it easy and try to get 2-3 portions. Every little helps! Why not grab some fruit out your office fruit box before you leave?

Get some rest!

With varying schedules, and sometimes long days of travel, sleep can be the one thing that evades you, but it can be the one thing that stops you from becoming ill. Sleep boosts your immune system, and resets you for the next day. Make sure you have some time to wind down before getting into bed, and try your best to get 7 hours in bed before you have to be up. But if you can't sleep, don't stress, as this will make you feel worse. Just being in bed relaxing, even if you're not asleep, can be just as good as getting a deep sleep. This leads us onto our next point...


Limit caffeine

It's always tempting to guzzle down coffee or energy drinks for that caffeine kick to keep you going on long days of meetings, events, or travelling. But caffeine is not always your friend; and can prevent you from properly unwinding and sleeping later in the day. Caffeine can also trigger anxiety and stress, so is not always useful in stressful situations. If you can't function without caffeine, we recommend limiting it to before lunchtime only.



What's your top tips for keeping healthy while travelling for work? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 2 August 2019

How to beat procrastination at work

We know that procrastination is a tough beast to beat; even we've been guilty of it! So what can you do to beat procrastination at work, to ensure you're making the most out of your work hours? Read on to find out...

Organisation
Being organised is key to procrastination; if you know what you've got to do, you're less likely to put it off! It's a good idea to have a diary, or a notepad, where you can write down the tasks for each day. Some people like to manually tick or cross out a task as it's been done. If you don't get on with paper, and would prefer an online-based something, we find Evernote or Trello to be great ways of keeping track of tasks and projects.

Prioritisation
Putting your tasks into order of how important or urgent they are can do wonders for breaking that mental block. Try the Eisenhower Box to help with this:



Tackle the big or hard things first

Most people's minds are more active in the morning, so try to tackle the big or hard tasks in the morning. Once you have those out the way, you'll feel more accomplished, and the smaller tasks will be easier to finish.

Don't feel like you've wasted the day
You may find that if you don't get much done in the morning, that you've wasted the day, and find it hard to then get going. If you get out of this mindset, you can make the most of the remaining hours and plough on with tasks. You don't have to be productive every second of the working day to get things accomplished, so try to not be too hard on yourself if you struggle.

Go over what you've completed at the end of the day

You may find that it's motivational to make a list at the end of the day of what you've managed to get done that day. Sometimes we do tiny tasks that feel like nothing, but they add up to a lot of work. So why not try noting down what you've done, as you may have been more productive that you realise!

What are your best tips to beat procrastination? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 26 July 2019

Our Favourite Fruity Memes

We all love memes - they're funny, and help pass the day! We share our favourite fruity memes that make us laugh here at FFTQ!











What's your favourite fruit meme? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 19 July 2019

Who Are The Influencers of the Fruit World?

I'm sure we've all heard of Influencers, those people with blogs and YouTube channels who are helping companies market their products. So we thought, what about those old-school influencers, those people who discovered different fruits and made them so popular they are now sitting in fruit bowls around the world? We decided to find out.

Avocados

The avocado, which is now a staple of many people's diet, has been in the Mecican diet for almost 10,000 years, having originated in central Mexico. The first Europeans to eat avocados were Spanish explorers, who travelled to Central and South America in the 16th century. They called them "aguacate", which they took from the Mexican name, "ahuacatl". By this time, avocados had spread from Mexican into parts of South America. The Spanish then brought avocados to Europe and sold them to other countries.

Who is the Influencer in this story? Well, there's a couple; Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish naturalist, is beliueved to be the person who coined the word "avocado" in 1696. Then we have Henry Perrine, a horticulturalist, who first planted avocados in Florida in 1833. They didn't become a corporate crop until the 1950's, when people started putting them in salads.

Pink Crisp apples

Pink Crisp (or otherwise known as it's brand name, Pink Lady) is a delicious apple which is a cross between a Golden Delicious, and a Lady Williams. Who was the influencer who made this delicious apple? It was John Cripps, an Australian plant- breeder who had the ingenious idea to cross these two fruits in 1973, creating an apple which is one of our most popular apples!



Satsuma

We believe the satsuma may have originated in China, but it was first reported in Japan more than 700 years ago where it is the major cultivar grown. The Influencer in this case? The wife of a United States minister to Japan, General Van Valkenberg, is believed to have coined the name "satasuma", and the General sent tres home in 1878 from Satsuma, the name of a former province (now Kagoshima Prefecture), on the southern tip of Kyushu island.

Pears

The Williams Pear is one of our most eaten pears, but where did it come from?
The Williams pear is thought to date from 1765 to 1770,from an English schoolmaster called Mr. John Stair. A nurseryman, our Influencer in this case, later acquired the variety, and after he introduced it to the rest of England, it became known as the Williams pear, as per his last name. The pear's full name is William's Bon Chretien, or "Williams' Good Christian". It is known in the US as the Barlett pear.



Who's your favourite fruit influencer out of these four? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 5 July 2019

What your go-to mug says about you

The mug is an office staple, along with trips to the kitchen to make a tea or coffee to go into that mug. However, a mug is not just a mug - we all have that one mug that we like drinking out of, and some of us have been known to get a little *possessive*! So, what does your favourite mug say about you?

The Travel Mug
If you're a busy bee who is always on the move, going to meetings in different locations or working from different offices, your go-to mug may well be a travel mug. If this is you, you're most likely someone who can't sit still, and love the opportunity to jump your of your chair and head to somewhere new!


The Novelty Mug
If you love a novelty mug, we bet you're cheeky and love to make a joke out of things. You may even be a practical joker (are you Jim from The Office?)




The Company Branded Mug
If you prefer to stick to a company branded mug, you're probably someone who loves your job, and more importantly, loves the company you work at. You live and breathe your company.


The HUGE Mug
There's always someone in the office that just NEEDS a huge mug of coffee in the morning to get them going. Or in the afternoon as a pick me up....if you're that person, you're probably someone who doesn't do things by halves, and probably, doesn't get enough sleep!



The Ever-so-Tiny Mug
We might be generous calling this a mug (purists may call it an espresso cup), but we know there are plenty of you out there who like cups like this! If this is your mug of choice, then you may be a perfectionist, and a coffee connoisseur, who likes no-fuss drinks - because really, what can you fit in a tiny mug other than espresso!?


What is your favourite type of mug? Let us know @office_fruit!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

How you know Summer has finally arrived!

It's finally everyone's favourite time of the year - Summer! So how do you know it's really Summer?

1. You wake up sweating

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2.You can FINALLY get your legs out

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3. The bugs come out to play

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4. Every evening it's Pimms O'clock

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5. Strawberries and cream!

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6. The words on everyone's lips:

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What's your favourite thing about Summer? Let us know @office_fruit!

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