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 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Lunch Prep For The Office For Beginners

We all have the same struggle -we want to eat hearty, healthy meals in the office, but we don't have the time to prepare them in the evenings. Instead, we spend money on packaged meals, when we could be spending a little bit of time preparing, and saving a whole heap of money (and our waistlines). If you're not sure where to start, we've got a handy beginner's guide to meal prep for yummy office lunches!

Get some good quality containers
If you don't already have some containers to store your prepped lunches, get some Tupperware or glass containers. If you have a microwave in your office, make sure they are BPA-free, and are sturdy enough that they do not fall apart in the microwave. It's also beneficial to get them of a similar size, so you are not playing tetris in the fridge on a Sunday evening!

Plan your meals for the week
The best day to plan is just before food shopping, so you know exactly what you need to get (and don't get tempted by the offers!). Set out a Monday - Friday schedule, and think about what you can get to spread across a few days. Be careful not to make the lunches too samey though, or you may get bored and end up splurging in the local co-op instead! Keep in mind how you will be cooking your lunches, and that whatever you prepare for Friday will still be fresh if made on a Sunday. Or if you don't think they'll last, do two batches throughout the week - perhaps one on a Sunday, and one on a Wednesday evening.

Now we've covered those two steps, let's get onto the cooking!

1. Season meat three ways using one pan
If you're sticking to lean meats such as chicken, it can get repetitive if you don't change it up. By using aluminium foil as dividers, you can season your chicken in different ways, while cooking one batch, all at the same time! Investing in spices and sauces (think chili, BBQ, even honey!) means you can keep your taste buds interested, even when having the same meat day after day.

2. Hard-boil eggs in your oven!
Peeled, hard-boiled eggs serve as a fantastic snack for the office as they are brilliant source of amino acids and proteins. If you hard-boil your eggs in a pot, you can normally only fit 5/6 in one go, but if you "boil" them in the oven for 30 minutes in a muffin tray, you can get 12 done all in one go! Once oven-boiled, peel them in a colander, using cold water to cool them down enough to handle, and it also gets rid of those pesky bits of shell! Store in the fridge.

3. Chop/spiralize lots of veg in one go
If you're late to the spiralizing party (and if so, where have you been!?) you may not know about turning normal, everyday vegetables into great carb alternatives. You can spiralize almost anything - carrot and courgettes are our favourites - and they make brilliant alternatives to carby foods such as pasta. Eaten hot or cold, they are great on their own, or inside a salad. Doing them in all in advance saves time and effort.
You can find spiralizers here.

4. Skewer meat for quick and clear portions
If you're conscious of calories, or just watching your macros, you can weigh your meat (chicken, salmon or even beef) and put it on wooden skewers. You can cook the skewers up in a batch, and add them to your meals throughout the week. Alternatively, they make great snacks. If you're using wooden skewers, remember to soak them in water so they do not catch fire when cooking!

What are your top tips for meal prep? Let us know @office_fruit 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Fruity Hairstyles

As the weather drops and the colds come out, we decided we need a bit of cheering with up with some fun hairstyles inspired by fruit. Enjoy!

Which is your favourite hairstyle? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 30 September 2016

The one where we answer your most asked questions!

For this week's blogpost, we rounded up the questions we get asked the most!

What's the difference between a tangerine, a nectarine, and a peach?
A tangerine is a citrus fruit, and nectarines and peaches are stone fruits. Peaches are the fuzzy ones; nectarines have a smooth skin.

What's the difference between a tangerine, a satsuma, and a clementine?
As above, these are citrus fruits, and are collectively known as mandarins. Which type of mandarin is available will depend on the season. Read our handy guide to these fruits to find out more. 
Did you know: satsumas are grown in Spain specifically for the UK market?

What are the juiciest apples?
If you are looking for apples to juice, we recommend granny smith for a green apple, and red delicious for red.

Where does your fruit come from?
We source all our fruit from New Covent Garden Market, which is the biggest fruit and veg market in the UK. The origin of fruit will depend on what is available to buy at market the night before delivery. We purchase all fruit to order, so you may notice the origin is different from order to order. 

Do you have any English bananas?  
As bananas need a certain temperature and environment to grow, we are unable to grow bananas in England, or the UK.

How is best to store my fruit?
We always recommend you store your fruit in the fridge for the best life, but if you want your fruit out on display, we recommend you store your bananas away from the rest of the fruit. Bananas emit a gas which ripen other fruits quicker, so keeping them separate will prolong the life of the fruit. We do not recommend storing in bags for too long, as the fruit will begin to "sweat", and ripen much quicker than desired (unless you wish to ripen the fruit quicker, in which case go ahead!)

How long does fruit last?
As fruit is fresh produce, we cannot give an approximation on the life span of fruit. However, if stored correctly, fruit should last for the work week.

How many strawberries come in a punnet? 
Strawberries vary in shape and size, so the amount of strawberries in your punnet will vary week to week. Our punnets come by weight, not number of berries. This is the same for all berries, including raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Is your fruit organic?
We guarantee Grade A produce, which is the top grade of produce available. Organic produce does not always meet this standard, so we will not include organic produce unless specifically requested.

Here's a picture of a bear carved out of fruit...just because!

If you have any other questions regarding fruit, your deliveries, seasonality, or anything else, let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 23 September 2016

LFW - Charlotte Olympia's Fruity Catwalk Show

Now, we like London Fashion Week as much as the next gal (or guy!), but when someone does a show featuring foam bananas and full-on fruity costumes, our interest is really piqued. That's just what Charlotte Olympia did with her Spring/Summer 2017 runway show on Sunday 18th September.

She included fun, fruity wedges with exotic handbags (parrot shape, anyone?) and combined it with 40's inspired clothes and choreography

Where did the foam bananas come in? Well, a chorus line of girls sporting sequin swimsuits used them as props, alongside a whole fruit bowl of models who appeared as strawberries, pineapples and even watermelons.

If you were lucky enough to grab a seat at the show, or have caught a glimpse of the pictures, what did you think? Would you be brave enough to wear a pineapple costume, or is that something best left to the professionals (or Halloween?)

Let us know what you think of the show @office_fruit

Friday, 16 September 2016

A profile on: Star Fruit

Following on from our Profile on: Kiwano Fruit blog post today we bring you a profile on the star fruit - the fruit that doesn't look much in its whole form, but once cut is a beautiful star shape. Read on to find out more about this popular exotic fruit:

What is it?
Star fruit is a juicy tropical fruit.

What does it look like?
The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides (usually five but can sometimes vary); in cross-section, it resembles a star, hence the name. It is an oval shape, and ripe star fruits are yellow.

Other names?
Carambola is it's "proper" name.

Where's it from?
It is native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Micronesia, and parts of East Asia. The tree is also cultivated throughout non-indigenous tropical areas, such as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the southern United States.

How do I eat it?
The star fruit is at its best (and most sweet) when it is yellow. If you can leave it until it has brown along the ridges, it'll be even better. The whole of the fruit is edible, and it can be eaten from the hand like an apple. It is great eaten cold and plain, or cooked, and even included in savoury salads. They are also popular in juices and smoothies. They're best eaten in Winter, when they're readily available.

What does it taste like? 
They have a tart, sour undertone. The taste is difficult to compare, but it has been likened to a mix of apple, pear, grape, and citrus family fruits. Unripe star fruits are firmer and sour, and taste like green apples. Ripe carambolas may also be used in cooking.

What are the health benefits?
They're a good source of Vitamin C, so star fruit can help ward off winter colds and flu's.
With only 30 calories per fruit plus lots of fiber, star fruit is a great choice for anyone trying to lose weight. They're also very healthy - full of antioxidants and flavonoids.

Have you tried star fruit? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 9 September 2016

Baked Peaches

It's that time of year where peaches are still available, but they are not always ripe for eating. A great way to use up any hard peaches is by turning them into a delicious dessert. By baking the peaches, they soften, and with a bit of extra sugar, they become deliciously indulgent, yet healthy. We've included amoretti biscuits, for some crunch.

Here's our recipe for delicious baked peaches:

  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 12 amaretti biscuits, crushed
  • 2 tbsp honey, plus extra for drizzling
  • good dash vin santo, or similar sweet dessert wine, plus extra for drizzling
  • 4 peaches, halved and stones removed
  • demerara sugar, to sprinkle
  • Ice cream/cream to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, but do not let it brown.
  3. Mix together the crushed amaretti biscuits, the melted butter, honey and a dash of vin santo in a bowl.
  4. Place a heaped teaspoon of the mixture onto the flat side of each of the peach halves and place on a baking tray.
  5. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and drizzle with more honey and vin santo.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15-30 minutes until golden. Serve with ice cream or cream if required.

Have you tried our baked peaches recipe? Let us know @office_fruit
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