A study was recently conducted by researchers at the University of Warwick which found that high and low mental wellbeing is consistently linked to an individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. The more fruit and vegetables a person consumes the lower the chance of having low mental health. The study findings indicate that eating fruits and vegetables not only benefits a person’s physical wellbeing but also their mental wellbeing.
We recently received the following question from an EdibleFruit.org reader:
Q: Each year, I send my mother-in-law a fruit bouquet. She is a serious fruit addict. I would like to up the ante but don’t think the ornately carved fruit arrangements are always necessary. She has limited mobility so she is unable to shop for herself making it difficult for her to get fresh fruits. Do any companies offer regular fruit shipments and how does it work?
Some edible fruit retailers do offer monthly fruit clubs, or fruit delivery services. These fruit clubs are a great option for fruit eaters who can’t make it out to purchase fruit on their own as well as other fruit lovers who appreciate the convenience of fruit being delivered right to the front door.
Below is a list of some of the monthly fruit club options available online:
Harry and David offers a Fruit of the Month Club with a variety of Club options to pick from. These options differ in the amount of fruit delivered as well as options which include cheeses and other delicious treats.
The Fruit Company has the Monthly HarvestClub Quartet, 4 different monthly fruit delivery options. These options range from traditional fruits to exotic fruits and even an organic fruit delivery option.
Cherry Moon Farms offers a Fruit of the Month Club with a number of different fruit club options. If you’d like one type of fruit, fruit and cheese or organic fruit, they’ve got you covered.
Golden State Fruit has a Fruit Every Month Club this program allows you to choose the fruit each month as well as which months you’d like it delivered.
We also suggest that you check with local orchards and farmers who might provide similar programs locally.
Each fruit company varies in how their monthly program works. Some offer 3, 6, and 12 month options which is good for trying out a club before making a big commitment. Be sure to visit each site to determine which program will work best for your needs.
August 28 is the annual celebration of National Cherry Turnover Day! Cherry turnovers are delicious pockets of portable cherry pie that can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a dessert later in the day.
Cherry turnovers are typically made by putting a gooey cherry filling on half a puff pastry, folding the puff pastry in half to seal the filling in and then baking it until golden brown. There are a number of variations in cherry turnover recipes and ingredients. You might just have to sample several different kinds to determine which you like best.
Below are some recipes so you can bake some of your own delicious cherry turnovers to enjoy on the 28th:
The end of summer break and the beginning of school is right around the corner for most school-aged children. It’s a time of mixed emotions for many parents but also a busy time as the pressure builds to make sure all the last minute supplies are purchased and the kids have everything they need to start back to school.
Many families have a tradition of sending a small appreciation gift for the teacher on the first day of school. This could be a small bouquet of flowers, some baked goods, or even a drawing by the child. Of course around here, we’re partial to fruit gifts.
Unfortunately, this is sometimes one of those things that gets put off until the last minute and you find yourself scrambling. Thankfully, the teacher won’t be expecting a gift so even if it doesn’t make it on the first day of school it will still be appreciated.
When you send fruit as a gift to a teacher remember that they probably won’t be able to get it in a refrigerator quickly so select fruit that can sit at room temperature on the desk for several hours without spoiling.
We’ve pulled together a few ideas for teacher fruit gifts for the first days of school to get you started:
Apples are an easy traditional gift for teachers.
Purchase a nice shiny apple with a sturdy stem and tie a note to the stem.
Purchase several fresh crisp apples and place them in a small affordable basket to create a small fruit basket the teacher can enjoy for several days.
What about grapes as a teacher gift? Sarah at Bombshell Bling shared a cute idea using grape flavored candies with a free printable that she created, “This year is gonna be Grape!” How cute would it be to use the “Grape Year” printable on a carton or baggie of grapes!
Strawberries are still in season and with a play on words, lend themselves well to some cute tags. Create a cute little basket or carton filled with juicy red strawberries and a tag that says, “We’re going to have a berry special year!” Or “I’m berry glad I got you as a teacher”. There are lots of cute ways this could go. Search online for free downloads of strawberry gift tags.
Which fruit bouquet company replicates more than floral arrangements, fashioned into fruit presentations?
The fruit bouquet company, Harry and David has been promoting house warming gifts and birthday gift ideas for more than 50 years.
Over the decades, the fruit bouquet company has dabbled in providing other edibles. These products include:
- Charcuterie (meats)
- Flowers Gift Baskets
- Gift Towers
- Gourmet Foods
- Home Décor
- Moose Munch® Treats
- Pantry Essentials
- Party Boxes
But aside from the fruit bouquet company’s reputation for selling baskets chock full of fruit and other goodies, Harry and David garners a reputation for selling other leading products.
We’ve evaluated the fruit bouquet company’s most popular products. Among the top-rated items, the following had glowing reviews:
- Pepper and Onion Relish
- Summertime Tower of Treats Gift
- Gourmet Dried Fruit and Nut Snack Gift
- Mt. Baker Bakery Gift Basket
- Tower of Chocolates Gift Classic
Did you know? Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish is so versatile that it’s used in food preparations of the following: eggs, meats, various vegetable medleys, sandwiches and wraps.
Whether the celebration is a house warming party or birthday gathering, Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish has rave reviews. The pepper and onion relish comes in 4 or 12 jar quantities, which multitasks for a spectrum of food preparations and purposes. The fruit bouquet company also provides consumers with fast, tasty and reliable recipes that serve as a marinade, dip, and obviously a relish.
House warming gift idea: Order Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish. Use one jar to create the fruit bouquet company’s signature dip made with sour cream. (The recipe is at Recipezaar.com.) Then gift-wrap the extra jars to give to the host as a house warming gift/present.