Friday, 11 January 2019

How you can use fruit to beat your winter blues

We know how you're feeling - it's January, you've got the Winter blues, and you're trying to find ways to fill yourself with more cheer after the busy festive season. We think fruit is a great way to beat the winter blues, so why not try the following?

1. Make a yummy fruit salad

The great thing about a fruit salad is it's all down to you - throw in bananas, kiwis, mango, melon - whatever you like! So grab your favourite fruits, chop them up, and stick them in a container and keep in the fridge for instant natural goodness! Great for a quick breakfast or guilt-free dessert.

2. Get in that Vitamin C & D 

Part of the reason we feel down in the Winter months is the amount of colds, coughs and flu's going round. It's just no fun being ill! To keep those colds at bay, and to keep your body in tip-top shape, make sure you get loads of Vitamin C and D, both of which are found in citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. You can even include them in the fruit salad to keep up your daily intake!

3. Trying a new fruit a day

There are so many fruits around and although you have your faves, we bet there are loads you haven't got round to trying. Why not try out a new fruit once a day, once a week, or even once a month - you may end up finding your new favourite, and expanding your palette is always a good thing! For some ideas why not try perusing our exotic fruit section here.

4. Creating a fruit smoothie

If you're feeling down and want to make yourself something healthy, yet indulgent, why not make a fruit smoothie. With banana as the base, you can create a variety of different flavours just by adding different fruits! We love banana, apple and kiwi smoothie. Why not add an avocado for even more goodness!

5. Using fruit as skincare

If you have fruit laying around that you're not quite sure what to do with, why not make use of it as skin care? Fruits have amazing properties when used topically, so why not mash that banana and use it as a face mask? Add a dash of honey, and you've got a mask that helps clear the complexion, and reduce any marks. Result!

What's your tried-and-true way of beating the winter blues? Let us know @office_fruit!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

New Year New You!

Welcome to 2019! We trust you all had a good Christmas and New Year! It's that time when everyone makes resolutions to be more healthy, and so we at FFTO HQ have got your back!

If you have fruit delivered to your office, you're going to reap the following benefits:

  • Healthier, more energetic staff
  • Higher staff productivity
  • Higher staff satisfaction
  • Staff that take fewer breaks outside the building hunting for sugar snacks!
  • Higher staff motivation
  • A colourful office!
  • and many more!
If you like the sound of having fruit delivered to your office, as a one-off to try or a regular basis, please get in touch with our friendly admin team on 0800 019 4037 or to discuss your options. 

We have: PO-friendly Fresh Range boxes; customisable Tailor Made boxes; and don't forget we're always here to provide you with an extra-special gift with our Gift Baskets. The world is your banana!

Looking for a fruit delivery? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 28 December 2018

Which fruit did our clients eat most in 2018?

We're coming up to the end of another year, and hasn't 2018 been a great one! Here's a roundup of our best sellers this year. Our clients are fruit-mad!

So we sold....

601,224 bananas!
1354,460 braeburn apples!
121,628 pears!
76,700 satsumas/clementines/tangerines!
68,380  golden delicious apples!
54,704 granny smith apples
53,820 pink lady apples!
22,880 red delicious apples!
13,208 lemons!
12,740 plums!
11,440 kiwis!
10,036 punnets of blueberries!
9,672 royal gala apples!

That's a whole lot of fruit! Become part of the fruit revolution by signing up here.

What was your favourite fruit this year? Let us know @office_fruit

Monday, 24 December 2018

Gingerbread Cake

If you're looking for a last minute but impressive recipe this Christmas, look no further! This delicious cake is sure to go down a treat.

Prep: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Serves: 20 people

What do I need?

  • 150ml whole milk
  • 3 tablespoon black treacle
  • 225ml vegetable oil
  • 375g plain flour
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 and a half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 375g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 and a half teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 and a half ground ginger
  • 3 pinches of ground cloves
  • 300ml buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 and a half teaspoon vanilla extract
For the caramel biscuit icing:
  • 250g pack slightly salted butter, soft
  • 600g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 300g full-fat cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  • 200g smooth caramelised biscuit spread
  • 50g dessicated coconut
  • silver edible glitter (optional)
  • gingerbread shapes

How do I make it?

  1. Measure the milk and treacle in a saucepan. Try greasing the measuring spoon with oil first so the treacle slides off easily. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir until combined, then set aside to cool. Meanwhile, grease 3 x 20cm loose-bottomed cake tins with a little oil and line the bases with baking parchment. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  2. Measure the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and spices into a large bowl, then add 1/2 teaspoon fine salt. Mix the dry ingredients together with a large whisk. If there are any large lumps of sugar, squeeze these through using your fingers until you have an even, sandy-textured mixture.
  3. In a jug, whisk the oil, buttermilk, eggs, rum and vanilla. Add the milk and treacle mixture, and mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and whisk into a smooth batter. Divide between the tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Turn the cakes if needed for evening cooking. Leave the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in their tins, then transfer to a wire rack, peel off the parchment and leave to cool completely. Once cooled, you can wrap the sponges in cling film and store in a cool place for 4 days, or freeze for up to 2 months - the texture and flavour will be even better!
  4. To make the icing, put the butter and half the icing sugar in a large bowl. Mash together roughly with a spatula, then whizz with an electric hand whisk until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar, the cream cheese, vanilla bean extract and biscuits spread. Mix again until smooth and evenly mixed. Transfer half the icing to another bowl and set aside. Use the remaining icing to stack the cakes and cover the entire outside in a thing layer - don't worry about making the cake look too neat at this stage, as any crumbs trapped in the icing will be covered in the final coat. Chill the cake for 30 minutes and the remaining icing for 20 minutes (remove the icing from the fridge 10 minutes before the cake to soften a little).
  5. When the icing on the cake is firm, remove it from the fridge and use the remaining icing to cover the cake. Smooth the sides using a palette knife, but leave peaks and dips on top for your snow scene. Top the cake generously with desiccated coconut, a dusting of sieved icing sugar and some edible glitter, if you like, then decorate the top and sides with gingerbread shapes. If you're not eating the cake within a few hours store it in the fridge, but bring back to room temperature before serving. Will keep for 2 days. 
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Did you try out this recipe? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 14 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide 2018

For those of you who are organised, we salute you! It's that time of year where most of us are still looking for the *perfect* gift for that certain someone, so we've put together a handy gift guide to help you out if you're stuck for ideas!

For Her

For the crafty people
Prezzybox - Candle Making Kit - £14.99 
For the prosecco fans
Not on the high street - Prosecco Truffles Gift Box - £10

For the Friends fans
IWOOT - FRIENDS Trivial Pursuit - £9.99

For Him

For the whiskey lovers
Getting Personal - Lakes Distillery Whiskey Baubles - £28.99

For the bicycle lovers
Not on the High Street - Bicycle Wine Holder - £35
For the rock lovers
Prezzybox - Rock on Headphone Display Stand - £14.99

Secret Santa

For nature lovers
Not on the High Street - Mini Terrarium Cactus Keychain - £5

For the drink lovers
Prezzybox - Snakes and Bladdered - £9.99

For the bath lovers - Santa Bathbomb - £9.95

What's your favourite gift idea this year? Let us know @office_fruit!

Monday, 10 December 2018

How to survive this party season

'Tis the season to be jolly, and December is THE month for non-stop parties, celebrations, and catch-ups. But along with the cold, it can be a hard month to keep up with the festivities if you're feeling under the weather. So what's the best way to keep in tip-top shape for the party season?

1. Have lots of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is crucial for keeping colds at bay, and the best way is to get it from fruit; think satsumas, oranges, kiwis, grapefruit and strawberries.

2. Keep up with exercise

Keeping active is the best way to keep healthy - those happy endorphins will keep your mood up, and will help your energy levels stay high for dancing the night away!

3. Rest when you need to!

This is the opposite to exercise, but resting is equally as important as keeping active. You know when your body is telling you to slow down, and so we say listen to it! Don't push yourself through parties if you don't feel 100% into it; take the opportunity for an early night instead!

4. Drink plenty of water

Hydration is key, and water is the best way to keep hydrated. Between 2 - 2.5litres a day is perfect, and will help all your organs work as they should (especially your liver and kidneys!)

5. Keep warm

Wearing weather appropriate clothing is important to keep those bugs at bay! Make sure to wrap up warm if spending time outside in the cold; wear gloves, a hat and scarf if necessary (even if they're not a fashion statement!)

What's your top tips to survive the party season?

Friday, 23 November 2018

Profile On: Grapes

Grapes are one of our staple fruits; our customers love them! So read on to find out more about these delicious drops of heaven.

What does it look like?
Grapes are biologically berries, and come in 3 colours (mentioned below). They have dark brown stalks, and the grapes hang off them in clusters.

What types are there?
White (or sometimes called green); black; and red (purple) grapes. They come both seeded and seedless.

Where's it from?
Grapes originated in Spain - they were taken to the Americas by Spanish explorers 300 years ago.

When is it available?
In the Northern Hemisphere grapes are at their best in late Summer to early Autumn, but they are harvested between May and October. Thanks to global farming, however, they are available all year round.

How do I eat it?
Grapes are easy to eat, just pop them of the stem and pop them in your mouth! The whole grape can be eaten, but the stems cannot.

What does it taste like?
The taste depends on the colour, season and origin of the grape. White grapes tend to be a bit tart and sharp, whereas red and black tend to be sweeter.

What are the health benefits?
Grapes are great - they have protein, Vitamin C, K and B6, they contain fibre, and plenty of copper, potassium and magnesium.

Did you know?
Why not freeze your grapes for a refreshing, healthy and sweet snack? So much better than gummy sweets, but twice the flavour!

What do you like about grapes? Let us know @office_fruit!

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