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

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