Friday, 20 April 2018

Fruity Facemasks

We all know fruits are good for us on the inside, but did you know they are also great on the outside too? We love to make use of the leftover fruits here at FFTO, to make these brilliant face masks which help us keep our skin healthy and glowing! Here's our top 3...

1. Grape Mask

If you have leftover grapes, and you suffer with minor acne and pimples, why not make a grape mask? It's super simple - just mash a few grapes and apply the pulp to your face. Allow it to dry, and admire your glowing skin!

2. Apple Mask

Apples contain many vitamins, and even copper, which are all beneficial to the skin. They help prevent wrinkles, protect the skin from UV rays and give your skin a beautiful glow. Take a spoonful of honey, and mix it with some ground up apples. Apply the mixture to your face, and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off when it's done.

3. Banana Mask

Bananas are great as a facial mask as they help moisturise the skin and keep it soft. They contain many minerals and vitamins for glowing skin. Mash up half a bananas with a few strawberries, and add a little honey. Apply it to your face and leave for 20 minutes, rinsing when it's done.

Luckily, all these items can be found in your office fruit delivery! Find out more here.

Do you make fruit face masks? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Profile On: Mango

In this edition of a "Profile On" we look at the delicious mango!

What is it?
It's a juicy stone fruit it belongs to the cashew genus Anacardiceae, which is also the same family as pistachios.

What does it look like?
The fruit varies in size, shape, colour. They can be yellow, orange, red or green and carry a single flat, oblong pit that can be fibrous or hairy on the surface, which does not separate from the pulp easily. They can be round oval or kidney shaped, and ranging from 5-25 cm in length and 140g to 2kg in weigh. The skin is leather-like waxy smooth and fragrant.

Other names?
It is sometimes known as The King of Fruits; and locally it is called mangot, manga, and mangou

Where's it from?
Native to South East Asia, it is now the most cultivated fruit in the tropics.

When is it available?
Mangoes are their best in Summer, although you may well find various cultivars that area available all year round.

How do I eat it?
Peel the mango from top to bottom, going deeper until you can see yellow pulp if the mango is not quite ripe. Determine the tallest line of the mango, as the pit will be sitting along that line. Slice the mango in half, avoiding the pit. Cut around the pip, and slice the cut halves. Slice them horizontally into smaller wedges. Then enjoy!

The skin of unripe, pickled or cooked mango can be consumed, but may cause contact dermatitis of the lips, gingiva or tongue in susceptible people.

What does it taste like?
The mango is sweet luscious, juicy. Some cultivars have a soft, pulpy texture similar to an overripe plum, while others are firmer like an avocado, and some have a fibrous texture.

What are the health benefits?

  • Rich in fibre
  • Low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium
  • Rich in vitamin B6, vitamin A and C
  • Rich in potassium, magnesium and copper
  • A tonic made from mangoes in Chinese medicine is used to treat bleeding gums, anaemia, cough, constipation, nausea, fever, sickness and as a cure for weak digestion

Do you like to eat mangoes? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 6 April 2018

How you know it's Spring

The jumpers start to come off....


....and the t-shirts come on


The sun starts to come out....


.....but we still have to deal with rain


The clocks go forward....


and the evenings get lighter...


You realise Summer is only round the corner, so the race for your beach bod is on!


And the healthy breakfasts come out!


What's your favourite thing about Spring? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 23 March 2018

Eggcellent Easter Biscuits

This easy Easter biscuits recipe will ensure your Easter is as fun and colourful as you want it to be!

Prep: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Level: Easy
Makes: 18
Cook: 30 minutes


  • 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150g white caster sugar
  • 150g slightly salted butter, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
For the iced option
  • 500g royal icing sugar
  • your favourite colouring gels
For the jammy middle option
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • 400g apricot jam, or lemon curd

  1. Weigh the flour and sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles wet sand, with no buttery lumps. Beat the egg with the vanilla, then add to the bowl. Mix briefly with a cutlery knife to combine, then use your hands to knead the dough together - try not to overwork the dough, or the biscuits will be tough. Shape into a disc, then wrap in cling film and chill for at least 15 minutes. Heat oven to 180C/160C/gas 4. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Dust a work surface with flour. Halve the dough, then roll one half our to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use an egg-shaped cookie cutter to stamp out as many cookies as you can, then transfer them to one of the baking sheets, leaving a little space between the biscuits. Repeat with the other half of the dough. If you want to make jammy biscuits, use a small circular cutter to stamp holes in half of the biscuits (where the yolk would be). If you intend to make both iced and jammy biscuits, only stamp holes in a quarter of the biscuits.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the biscuits are pale gold. Cool on the sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully. Once cool, decorate to your liking.
  4. To decorate the biscuits with icing, add enough water to the icing sugar to make a thick icing - it should hold its shape without spreading when piped. Transfer about a third of the icing to a piping bag fitted with a very small nozzle (or just snip a tiny opening at the tip). Pipe an outline around the biscuits, then draw pattens in the middle - lines, spots and zigzags work well. Leave to dry for 10 minutes. Divide the remaining icing between as many colours as you'd like to use, then use the gels to dye them. Loosen each icing with a few drops of water, then transfer them to piping bags. Use the coloured icing to fill the empty spaces in the biscuits. You may need to use a cocktail stick to tease it into the corners. Once covered, leave to dry for a few hours.
  5. To make the jammy middle biscuits, dust the biscuits with holes in the middle with a heavy coating of icing sugar. Spread the jam or curd generously over the whole biscuits, then sandwich the dusted biscuits on top of them.

Did you make these biscuits? If you did let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Top 5 Green Fruits For St Paddy's Day

With St Patrick's Day coming up, we wanted to think about what our top 5 green fruits are, to get us in the party spirit! Read on to find out...

5.Granny smith

The glossy, bright green apple Granny Smith comes in as our number 5 Top Green Fruit! With a firm, tangy flesh, the Granny Smith is always going to brighten up your fruit delivery, and the distinctive taste is sure to tantalise your taste buds!

4. Pear

We think the pear is underrated - with a subtle flavour, and a smooth texture, the pear is the perfect midday snack! With it's distinctive shape, you're sure never to mistake it for anything else!

3. Watermelon

The watermelon is juicy and refreshing, and just what we need as we move into the (hopefully) warmer months! The inside might be pink, but we all recognise that distinctive green shell!

2. Kiwi

The kiwi is always popular with our customers, and is just the right amount of exotic to keep people's taste buds interested! Eat it with a spoon, or like an apple, there's no right or wrong way to enjoy the delicious kiwi!

1. Avocado

Coming in at number 1, is the popular brunch staple, the avocado! Versatile, nutritious, and above all delicious, the avocado is something you should always have in your fruit bowl!

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

Friday, 9 March 2018

Why you shouldn't...

1. Judge your fruit by it's cover (or skin)

Sometimes our fruit gets marked by fingers, by heat (or cold!), and these skin marks can put us off eating it. However, you may find that if you peel the fruit (or bite into it) that the fruit inside is still tasty! Don't let any marks on your fruit put you off, as you may be missing out on a delicious treat!

2. Store your berries in a warm office

Berries of all kinds don't do well in warm temperatures - you may find that if you keep them in the fruit bowl that they will "turn" quicker than you'd like. The best way to store them is to keep them in the fridge, as the cold temperature will keep them fresher for longer, so you can enjoy the whole punnet!

3. Stick to one variety

We all like to stick to our favourites, but with a whole world of fruits to try, why not try them all? There are plenty of varieties of apples, pears, tangerines, berries (and everything else) to try, so why not try them all?
You can find all our varieties on our website.

4. Leave fruit that has been cut in half

It's tempting sometimes to cut up an apple or an avocado and leave it on the side for later, but did you know that fruit that is left out to the air will oxidise, causing an unattractive brown layer on the top of the flesh? Not appetising, right? If you do want to use half the fruit and leave it for later, we recommend you wrap it in clingfilm, and store in the fridge.

5. Leave fruit in plastic bags

We deliver our fruit in bags, but if you keep the fruit in these bags they will sweat, which causes them to ripen quicker. This is particularly true of bananas, who emit a gas which ripens them and other fruits quicker. This is great sometimes (as we'll find out in just a moment) but that's not ideal if you want your fruit to last the week! We recommend fruit is removed from bags, and stored in a bowl (leaving bananas separate from the other fruit!)

6. Throw away underripe fruit

It can be frustrating to receive fruit which is not quite ripe, but don't throw it away! It just needs a bit more time before it can be consumed and enjoyed. As mentioned previously, bananas emit a gas which ripens other fruits, so if you find yourselves with fruit that is not quite ripe, place bananas alongside them, and it should only take a day or two to bring them onto the perfect ripeness. If you don't have any bananas, place the fruit in a warm room!

What do you think about today's tips? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018

Need ideas for a great present this Mother's Day? We've got you covered!

Budget Friendly
Luxury Fruits Candle Set - Aldi - £9.99
Dual Foot Massager - £9.99
Bubble Bath Machine - £19.99

Personalised Teddy Bear - £19.99


Tiffany & Co perfume set - £72
Personalised Merci Maman Hammer Open Bangle - £69.99
Laura Merceir Creme Brulee Honey Bubble Bath - £33
Moet & Chandon Basket - £79.99

What are you getting your mum this Mother's Day? Let us know @office_fruit!

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