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April 16, 2021

Fruit Buyer’s Report | Fruitful Office Spring 2021

Dear All,

Spring is here! Spring is a time for new beginnings, new energy and much needed optimism.

In the fruit markets, spring is also a time for rebirth and excitement - as a variety of different seasonal fruit become available, bringing colour and abundance to the fruit markets.

Here are some varieties to look out for in our ‘seasonal mix’ office fruit baskets:

  • Plums. There are many known variety of plums. In the UK, look out for Sapphire, Black Diamond, Black Amber, Fortune, Larry Anne, Laetitia, Santa Rosa and Red Beauty. Plums have been around for a long time, with records showing their presence in China in 470 BC, whilst in Europe as many as 300 varieties were mentioned in Roman times. They are an excellent source of antioxidants, fibre, minerals and vitamins. Plums are rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which studies have shown to help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Peaches and nectarines. Peaches have a ‘furry’ skin, whilst nectarines have ‘smooth’ skin. But they are from the same family and almost identical genetically. Peaches and nectarines probably originated in Asia over 8,000 years ago (!) and then spread westwards to Europe. They are low in calories and contain no saturated fats, whilst being packed with minerals and vitamins. Studies have shown that compounds in peaches and nectarines may help to reduce high blood pressure as well as lower cholesterol levels. Look out for ‘flat peaches’ which look like doughnuts and are incredibly sweet!
  • Berries. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are all varieties we love and include in our office fruit baskets. Strawberries were mentioned as far back as ancient Rome. In addition to being delicious, they provide impressive health benefits – making them one of the healthiest foods in our planet. Importantly, they are incredibly high in antioxidants which, by helping to keep free radicals under control, may protect DNA and cells against damage. By reducing inflammation berries could decrease the risk of heart disease and other health problems.

Enjoy the sunshine and stay healthy everyone.

Fruitful Office team

Fruit Buyer’s Report | Fruitful Office Spring 2021