Citrus Roll Call – Feb. 2015

Here’s a list of citrus varieties that you might find in one of our fresh fruit gifts in February and March:

 

Blood Orange

Blood Orange

Blood oranges are typically imported from Sicily where they are ideally suited to the climate and are the primary orange grown in Italy. The peak of the season is February, but since blood oranges are also now grown in Texas and California, the growing season has been extended making blood oranges available from December through May. There are three primary types of blood oranges: Moro, Tarocco and Sanguinello or Sanguinelli. They get their name from the intense red-streaked color of the fruit and the deep crimson blush of the skin. Interestingly, the Tarocco variety (also known by the alternative moniker “half blood”) has little to none of the characteristic redness can be mistaken for the common orange. However the flavor of the Tarocco has been described as the best of the blood oranges. On any given week, our gifts can feature different types of blood oranges. This week we also have organic blood oranges available.

Clementine

Clementine

The first Clementine was grown in Algeria by Father Clement Rodier. It is a cross between the Mediterranean mandarin and a sour orange. In the US, it is chiefly grown in Florida and California. The growing season is from October through March. Its prize characteristics are that it is easy to peel and has very few or no seeds. The Clementine separates easily in eight to twelve juicy segments. Some people detect the flavor of apricot nectar.

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9 Fruits of Love

People give careful thought to the food they choose for a romantic Valentine’s evening. They consider food that evokes the spirit of the holiday, food that inspires or enhances the romantic mood. The aphrodisiac, which takes its name from the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, is a food or other consumable which increases amorous ardor. In many cases, the history of most aphrodisiacs is tied to folk legends and ancient traditions. The science surrounding aphrodisiacs is murky, but the idea remains appealing. And when those aphrodisiacs are also fresh fruit, they will also be providing health, energy and nutrition.

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12 Most Compelling Reasons to Send Healthy gifts to your business associates this holiday season

1. Healthy Food Increases Productivity

Who hasn’t felt sluggish and weighed down after the initial sugar buzz of a candy bar has worn off? Healthy snacks promote long-term energy which translates into increased productivity.

2. Maintain Weight Loss Goals

With all of the cookies, cakes, and holiday treats available, many people find it hard to avoid overeating during the holidays. By providing healthy gifts to your associates, they can indulge without having to worry about breaking their New Year’s weight loss plans.

3. Healthy Foods Make People Creative

Healthy snacks are not only good for your body; they’re also good for your brain. The nutrients found in healthier snack foods can jumpstart creativity in the work place.

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When is a Berry Not a Berry?… When It’s a Straw-berry!

Strawberries in season summer - June - August

Strawberry season extends from June to mid-August and now that summer has hit its peak, it’s fun to share the sheer uniqueness of one of the world’s favorite fruits. The beautiful, fragrant and healthy strawberry is more unusual than you would think.

Unlike true berries, like blueberries and cranberries that hide their seeds inside, the strawberry is the only fruit in the world that shows its seeds on the outside.  These little yellow ‘seeds’, about 200 of which adorn one strawberry, are actually separate tiny fruits themselves and known as “achenes” (ah-keens). The achenes contain the actual seed of the strawberry and they’re packed with bountiful nutrition and antioxidants.

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