Friday, 20 January 2017

Profile On: Lychee

 As part of our Profile On series (see our latest Profile On blogpost here), this week we take a look at the delicious, sweet and juicy lychee.

What is it?
The exotic lychee fruit is from the soapberry family. The evergreen trees they grow on can reach 100 feet.

What does it look like?
They are red or pale orange fruits with a tough, "bumpy," easily peeled skin resembling large raspberries. Each contains white flesh and a single, large, inedible seed, which makes this fruit a drupe (for the uninitiated, a drupe is a fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone containing the seed, e.g. a plum, cherry, almond, or olive.)

Other names?
Sometimes known as "litchi" or a similar spelling variation, it can be pronounced lee-chee.

Where's it from?
It is a tropical fruit tree native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China, and now cultivated in many parts of the world

How do I eat it?
Lychee is typically enjoyed fresh; remove a bit of the skin and then squeeze the aril — the fleshy part around the seed — into your mouth

What does it taste like? 
Lychee is juicy with a distinctive, slightly acidic fragrance and flavor, comparable to grapes.

What are the health benefits?
Eating lychee has many benefits. They contain flavonoids, which are antioxidant compounds known for their role in helping to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. The nutrients in lychee, including magnesium, copper, iron, vitamin C, manganese and folate, are all required for blood circulation and formation of blood; and they have more than 100% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C in just one cup.

What is your favourite way to eat lychee? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 13 January 2017

10 Steps To Adapting "Hygge" Into Your Life

If you haven't already heard, hygge is the new "in" thing, with countless books written about it. But what is it? Pronounced 'hue-ugh', this is the Danish coined phrase that can be translated simply as 'cosiness' in English.

It's a feeling and a lifestyle where the comforts of home are embraced, food is hearty and warm, and friends and family are gathered together. It's accessible, personal yet communal, and totally lacking in pretence. For the Danes, it's almost second nature.

Sounds good. So how do we get some hygge in our life? Here's 10 ways of achieving that perfect hygge in your life:
  1. Go home. Dining out in Denmark is expensive due to a 25 percent value-added tax, so Danes tend to spend more time eating at home. Plus, being at a nightclub or a pretentious restaurant is definitely not hygge. But being cosy and comfortable, most often at your home but perhaps at a softly lit cafe or a quiet nook at a library, definitely is.
  2. Be warm. Think wool socks, sweaters and blankets and textiles in general, such as plush towels, throws or curtains.
  3. Eat cake. And porridge. And fruit compote and open-faced sandwiches and a roast of pork or lamb. Hygge food is comfort food for everyday people. It's not expensive or fancy; it's accessible, soothing and plentiful.
  4. Invite friends. While you can hygge by yourself, being surrounded by friends or family is more in line with the spirit of hygge. So grab a cuddle buddy to snuggle with under that hand-woven blanket or invite guests to your homey feast to be more hyggelig. Playing board games with your company fits the hygge bill, plus you're going to want them on hand for what comes next.
  5. Watch scary TV. Watching scary TV shows or movies can increase hygge as long as it's fictional. (Watching the news is definitely not hygge.) Danes gravitate toward crime dramas or political thrillers.
  6. Ride a bike. Hygge doesn't mean staying indoors, and it doesn't require cold weather. Half of Copenhagen residents commute by bike — following in their footsteps can be very hygge because it fits the bill of slowing down, not being in a rush and taking in what's around you in the moment.
  7. Don't stay late after work. Danes and they value their family and spare time highly. This, coupled with it getting dark around 4pm in the winter, means they love nothing more than finishing work on time and heading home to spend time with their loved ones.
  8. Take lunch at 11am. Given the early morning starts, Danes usually take their lunch break around 11:00 am. It may seem early, but given we start to get hunger pangs around mid-morning, it kind of makes sense to eat a big lunch early on during the day to provide a profitable bout of energy for the afternoon.
  9. Wear black. If you've ever been to Denmark, you'd be mistaken for thinking all of the women are part-time ninjas – such is their predominantly black-coloured wardrobe. The fact that black absorbs heat and the temperature in Denmark can drop to −25 °C, it kind of makes sense that Danes are happy all the time – they're warm
  10. Dress for the weather. Danes abide by Alfred Wainright's phrase 'Der findes intet der hedder dårligt vejr, kun dårligt påklædning!' ('There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!') If you've ever been caught out in the rain without an umbrella, stepped into a puddle in open-toe sandals or shivered at the slightest turn of the dial on the air conditioning, do as the Danes and dress for the weather. And yes, that does means layers, waterproof coasts and wellington boots in winter.

What do you think of hygge? Let us know your thoughts @office_fruit!

Friday, 6 January 2017

New Year Detox

New Year is the time when everyone calculates just how much damage they did over Christmas. We've all been there - drank a bit too much, ate a few too many chocolates, and now we're seeing the effects.Why not give your body a kick-start and chow down on some of these detoxing foods...



Fruits are high in liquid-content which helps the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and are high in antioxidants, nutrients, fibre, and important vitamins.

Lemons, Oranges, and Limes

Citrus fruit aids the body by flushing out toxins and jump-starting the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice supports the liver in its cleansing processes. To increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.
Remember, vitamin C is one of the best detox vitamins around, as it transforms toxins into digestible material. Eat vitamin c foods often to help get more of these benefits.


Garlic is one of the best detoxing foods out there. It helps stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system. I recommend adding sliced or cooked garlic to a suitable dish, as this will help any detox diet.

Broccoli Sprouts

Extremely high in antioxidants, the ability for broccoli sprouts to stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract is unparallelled. The sprouts are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable.

Green Tea

Packed full of antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system via its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, which are known to increase liver function.

Raw Vegetables

Best juiced or eaten raw: Onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.

Seeds and Nuts

Incorporate more of the easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. Flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts, and sunflower seeds are all excellent options. While detoxing, avoid nut butters.

What are your favourite foods to eat when you need a detox? Let us know @office_fruit

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Almost 1 million bananas....

As 2016 draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to see how much fruit our customers consumed! Let's find out...

813,162 Bananas!
3,654 Punnets of Blackberries!
14,406 Punnets of Blueberries!
55,86 Punnets of Strawberries!
78,036 Braeburn apples!
48,426 Golden Delicious!
114,450 Granny Smith!
6,678 Red Delicious Apples!
145,446 Packhams Pears!
179,298 Plums!
12,054 Lemons!
7,770 Limes!
11,214 Oranges!
312,984 Mandarins! (Tangerines, clementines and satsumas)
714 Pineapples!
16,212 Kiwi!
8,358 Bags of Red Grapes!
6,678 Bags of White Grapes!

That's a whole lot of fruit! We're hoping to make it to 1 million bananas next year! Why not help us out by signing up to our fruit delivery service here.

How many bananas did you eat this year? How many apples? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 16 December 2016

New Year Party Hangover Saviours

We've all been there - had an amazing night on New Year's Eve, only to wake up the next day to a pounding head.What can you do to help ease the pain? Well, we've uncovered the key hangover saviours to help you this New Year!

Having nuts before you go out could be the cure to hangovers! Native Americans claimed that eating almonds could protect the body against intoxication and prevent hangovers—and modern-day experts concur. Thanks to their healthy fats and protein, nuts like almonds and walnuts can slow the the absorption of alcohol and keep those nasty next-morning symptoms at bay, says Kaufman. Grab a handful before you hit the bars; the ones they set out at the bar usually have added oils. In a pinch? Go ahead and munch at the bar. The salt will double your hangover-prevention efforts.

Pear Juice
Asian researchers say that the secret to waking up without a pounding head is to consume Asian pear juice before the partying begins. A studied showed that, participants who knocked back just under 1 cup of Asian (or Korean) pear juice before their beers experienced lessened hangover symptoms the next day compared to a control group. The juice showed the most promise in easing the overall severity of hangovers and improving day-after concentration.

You may be tempted to reach for the meds, but medicating with vitamins from whole foods—blueberries in particular—is a much better, all-natural option to perk up a compromised immune system.

Lemon Water
Citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant de-limonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick.

Any water-rich fruit will help hydrate you and, well, it's here in the name. Watermelon is also loaded with potassium, magnesium and L-citrulline, an amino acid which has been shown to boost blood circulation — which will help your body process toxins — detox the liver and put some rebound in fatigued muscles (which is why bodybuilders use it as a supplement).

Bananas are brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink. They're also one of best natural sources of vitamin B6, which a study printed in the journal Annals of Nutrition showed can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent! With odds like that, we'll take two.

What are your favourite hangover saviours? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 9 December 2016

Snazzy Secret Santa Gift Guide 2016

It's that time of year when we all get a designated person to buy a small gift for. It's secret santa time! If you need some ideas, we've got your back! Whether it's for a close colleague, or someone you barely know, look no further than our snazzy secret santa gift guide:

£5 & Under
Genie Head Massager - £4.95

Prosecco Lip Balm - £4.99
Coffee Lovers Tea Towel - £4.95

£10 & Under
ASOS Gingerbread Slippers - £9.50
Mug Cakes Recipe Book - £7.95

Hot Cookie USB Cup Warmer - £9.99

£15 & Under
Big Bacon Curing Kit - £14.99

Scribble Writing Alarm Clock - £12.95

Wall Mounted Bear Bottle Opener - £14.99

What are you getting your secret santa this year? Let us know @office_fruit

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  - 

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
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