Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Baskets

If you're still looking for a great Christmas present, that is a bit different to the usual smellies or stocking fillers, look no further. We have a great range of baskets to make your loved ones' Christmas special....

Laurent Perrier Basket -
 Price £99.99
 



Moet & Chandon Basket Price  - 
£79.99 



Smoothie Maker and Fruit -
 Price £59.99


Teddy and Fruit Basket -
Price £37.99


You can find all our fantastic gift baskets here

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

Friday, 25 November 2016

Baileys Recipes To Take You Through The Festive Season

Baileys is that drink that gets everyone in the mood for Christmas. And even better, there are some super simple drinks that can be made with this delicious whiskey and cream-based liquer. Read on to find out more....

Baileys Coffee

Super simple, all you need is freshly brewed coffee and a shot of baileys. Mix together in a mug, and done! You can even ramp it up a notch with some irish whiskey, and perhaps some whipped cream! Yum!



Baileys Iced Coffee

The sister to the Bailey's Coffee, this version requires freshly brewed coffee, that has been left to cool. Fill a glass with ice, and pour in the cold coffee and Bailey's. Perfect for those warmer days...


Baileys Hot Chocolate

This has to be the cult favourite. Who doesn't love some Bailey's in their hot choc!? Simply make your favourite hot chocolate, add a shot of Bailey's, and some whipped cream (we love chocolate whipped cream!)

Baileys Over Ice Cream

This was one that we'd not heard of before, but it sounds delicious. Find your favourite ice cream, preferably vanilla, and put a scoop into a short glass. Pour over a shot or two of Baileys, and you're done! You can even eat it with a spoon if you don't want to wait for the ice cream to melt! 



What's your favourite way to enjoy Baileys? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 18 November 2016

Pineapple Leather - The Environmentally Friendly Textile

Did you know that there is a leather which not only doesn't harm animals or the environment, but is also still great quality? Oh, and not to mention that is made from a fruit!


Pineapple leather, or Piñatex, is a revolutionary material which uses a byproduct of agriculture, pineapple leaves, to create a textile which is strong and flexible, degrades naturally, and can be made into shoes, handbags, car seats, or anything else that is typically made from real leather.



It's not only a better alternative to real leather, which can cause problems if they end up in waste water due to the chemicals used in it's manufacture, it's also a much better option than plastic, petroleum-based fake leather which also has it's own processing issues. It also works as an extra source of income for farmers, as the leaves would usually be waste!



So how is it made?
After farmers take the first step in processing the leaves, and separating the long fibres, they also end up with biomass that can be used that can be used as fertiliser back in the pineapple fields. Local factories make the material into rolls, that will then be used to make the pineapple-leather goods.

Why would people want pineapple leather?
Over the past few years we've seen a rise in consciousness about the environment, and meat consumption, leading to many people adapting to a vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle. Many people are looking more into quality rather than quantity, and are happy to pay a bit extra for something that is not only great quality, but also environment-friendly. Consumers are also more aware of where items are made, so producers have to be more open about their manufacturing processes.



Companies like Puma and Camper have already made prototypes with the pineapple leather, so you may own a pineapple leather item sooner than you think!

Would you buy a product made from pineapple leather? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 11 November 2016

Profile on: Persimmon

Following on from our Profile on: Star Fruit today we bring you a profile on the persimmon. They are currently being included in our Fresh Range boxes, so read on to find out more about this popular fruit! 

What is it?
Persimmon is a fruit, butis often mistaken for a tomato! Its popularity has jumped over the past few years, and is delicious when ripe.

What does it look like?
It looks like a small, rather flat tomato capped by a calyx. The colour ranges from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange. The calyx is easy to remove when the fruit is ripe. There are two varieties sold in Western countries - one with a flat base, and one with a tapered base. These varieties eat differently, so be careful! 



Other names?
Persimmon is Latin for "food for the gods". Also known as Sharon Fruit, a name which was given to one of the varieties grown in Israel.

Where's it from?
It hails from Japan - it's their national fruit, but the biggest producer is China, making over 43% of the world production. Other major producers are Brazil, Republic of Korea, and Azerbaijan.

How do I eat it?
As above, the two varieties of persimmon eat differently, so you have to first establish which the persimmon is. The two sold in the West are Fuyu which are sweet (non-astringent), and are eaten when firm. These are squat with a flat base. Hachiya persimmons are astringent when unripe, and can only be eaten when completely soft. These are longer and taper to a blunt point. If in doubt, assume the fruit is astringent!

If you have a sweet persimmon, eat when firm and crisp. A ripe persimmon is orange or deep orange-red. If it is green, do not eat it! If you have an overripe persimmon, it can be eaten with a spoon. You can eat the skin, but always wash and prepare the fruit first.

If you have an astringent persimmon, leave it to rip completely. They must be eaten when soft, almost bursting into mush. The skin should be smooth and semi-translucent, with a deep orange colour. If you eat an astringent persimmon before it is ripe, you may get a numbing sensation, due to its astringency. This is temporary, and eating or drinking something will help it go away.

What does it taste like? 
Both varieties of persimmon have a sweet, honeyed flavour.

What are the health benefits?
 The persimmon is moderately high in calories (approx. 70 calories per 100g), but it contains very little fat. They contain anti-oxidants, and have been touted to improve eye health; reduce signs of ageing; boost digestion and the immune system; aid in weight loss; and even help your body heal faster and reduce inflammation.

Taken from organicfacts.net
We think these fruits would make an interesting addition to any office fruit delivery! Add them to your box here.


Have you tried persimmons? Let us know what you think @office_fruit! 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Bonfire Night Snacks

Bonfire Night is tomorrow - remember remember the 5th of November! We've got some great recipes for a lovely night around a bonfire, so get stuck in!

Banoffee S'mores

What do I need?
  • 16 milk chocolate oat biscuits (chocolate hobnobs work well!)
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 8 tsp dulce de leche
  • 1 banana, cut into 16 slices
How do I make it?
  1.   Preheat the grill to high and line a baking sheet with parchment. Put 8 biscuits on the tray with a marshmallow on top and grill until slightly brown and melting. 
  2. Put a tsp of dulce de leche on the remaining 8 biscuits and top with 2 banana slices. Sandwich the biscuits together. 


Choc-orange Hot Chocolate

What do I need?
  • 150ml milk
  • 50ml double cream
  • zest of 1/2 orange
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 25ml orange liqueur
How do I make it?
  1. Heat the milk, cream and orange zest together in a saucepan until simmering, then remove from the heat and pour through a sieve into a jug to remove the orange zest. Pour the infused milk mixture back into the pan and add the chocolate, stirring until the chocolate has melted and is really smooth. 
  2. Put the pan back on the heat to warm through and then add the orange liqueur. Pour into a mug and serve. 


Homemade Toffee Apples

What do I need?
  • 8 grannt smith apples
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
How do I make it?
  1. Place the apples in a large bowl, then cover with boiling water (you may have to do this in 2 batches). This will remove the waxy coating and help the caramel to stick. Dry thoroughly and twist off any stalks. Push a wooden skewer or lolly stick into the stalk end of each apple.
  2. Lay out a sheet of baking parchment and place the apples on this, close to your stovetop. Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water and set over a medium heat. Cook for 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Set a sugar thermometre into the pan and boil to 150c or "hard crack" stage. If you don't have a thermometre you can test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squish the toffee, continue to boil it.
  3. Working quickly and carefully, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on the baking parchment to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops and it starts to feel thick and viscous. Leave the toffee to cool before eating. Can be made up to 2 days in advance, if stored in a dry place. 


All recipes adapted from bbcgoodfood.com 

What are you doing for Bonfire Night? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 28 October 2016

Scarily Tasty Halloween Snack Ideas

With Halloween on Monday, and trick-or-treaters on the way, you might want a fun alternative to buying sweets to hand out at the door. We've rounded up a selection of easy-to-make treats, which will leave everyone wanting more!

Mini doughnut spiders

What you need - large pretzel twists; mini doughnuts; M&M's; a little frosting or chocolate

How to make - cut the two curved sides of a pretzel. Push 8 pretzel curves into the top of the mini doughnut (carefully!) to create legs. Use the melted chocolate/frosting to stick two M&M's on for eyes.



Adapted from: http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2014/09/24/easy-mini-donut-spiders-easy-halloween-treat-kids-can-make.html#_a5y_p=4208932

Frozen Boo-nana Chocolate Pops 


What you need - 1 medium banana; 1 cup white chocolate; 8 mini chocolate chops for eyes; 4 popsicle sticks

How to make - cut bananas in half lengthwise, then in half to make four quarters. Insert popsicle sticks into bananas, and freeze bananas on a wax paper lined biscuit tray.
When the bananas are frozen, fill a mug with chocolate. Melt chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, until the chocolate is melted and soft. Keep stirring.
Dip the bananas one at a time into the chocolate, scraping off any excess chocolate. Place the banana onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Quickly add the chocolate chips as eyes, before the chocolate hardens.


Adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/frozen-boo-nana-pops/

Silly apple bites

What you need - 2 green apples, quartered; peanut butter (sunflower butter can be used in case of allergies); 32 sunflower seeds; 2-3 strawberries, sliced; googly eyes (optional)

How to make - cut the middle of each quarter to make a mouth; fill each gap with a filling of sunflower butter/peanut butter; place 4 sunflower seeds on top of the mouth for teeth; place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth to make the tongue; use the peanut butter to "glue" the eyes on if you are including them.


Adapted from: http://www.forkandbeans.com/2015/08/06/silly-apple-bites/

Are you going to make any of these scary-tasty snacks? Let us know @office_fruit how you get on!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Halloween Pineapples

With Hallowe'en coming up, we see carved pumpkins everywhere. But do you know what makes a great alternative? Pineapples! That's right, the pineapple not only looks great with carved designs, once you scoop out the insides you have lots of pineapple-y goodness to enjoy! You can grab a pineapple to add to your office fruit delivery here.

Here are our favourite Hallowe'en pumpkin designs:








Are you going to try to carve pineapples this year? Let us know how you get on @office_fruit 

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