Administrative Professional’s Day 2014

Administrative Professional’s Day, also known as Secretaries Day, is a day set aside to draw attention to the important work done by administrative support professionals, in all industries across the board.  Many employers and supervisors take a few moments to show their appreciation for all of the work done by these professionals.

A bit of history:

During WWII, the United States saw an increase in the need for skilled administrative personnel and The National Secretaries Association was formed to emphasize the role of secretaries as well as other administrative assistants.  The group’s aim was to attract more people to administrative careers.  In 1981, the association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International and then in 1998, it changed to International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).  The name changes reflect the changing tasks and responsibilities of the members. IAAP continues to offer education and training to reach excellence in the business community.

National Secretaries Week began in 1952 with Wednesday of the week designated as National Secretaries Day.  In 2000, the IAAP renamed the events, Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to align with changing job titles as well as increasing responsibilities.

Administrative Professional’s Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of the last full week of April in the United States. It lands on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 this year.

Many organizations take this time to recognize the support staff with gifts. It is not uncommon to take administrative professionals out for lunch, allow them to leave early for the day, or give them flowers, candy or gift cards.  The IAAP recommends that organizations offer training opportunities for the administrative assistants.

Fruit BasketHere at Edible Fruit we think any combination of those signs of gratitude would be much appreciated but we also recommend the gift of delicious and healthy fruit.  A basket of fresh fruit, a bowl of berries or a deliciously beautiful edible arrangement would be a gift that could be shared at the office or at home with the family. The gift of fruit is not only delicious but it is healthy making it a good option even if your administrative professionals are following a weight loss plan or have dietary restrictions.

There is still time to place an order or create your own gift for the administrative professionals in your life.  Even a small gesture of appreciation can go a long way.

Fruit Tip: How to Make Strawberries Last Longer

With spring finally here fresh berry season is just a few months away. In just a short time the sweet fruits will be available at the farmer’s market, road-side stands and grocery stores. Fresh strawberries are beautiful and delicious but they have a tendency of spoiling quickly.

The normal shelf life for strawberries isn’t very long and though many families have no trouble finishing off a carton of berries in a couple of days, or even hours, sometimes you’d like the edible fruit to last a little while longer. The good news is that there is an easy tip that will help keep strawberries fresh longer, allowing you more time to enjoy them. The secret is vinegar.

It might sound surprising but a mixture of water and vinegar can help extend the life of your fresh strawberries. The ph of vinegar helps to kill mold spores and bacteria on the strawberries. This mold and bacteria speed up the spoiling process of the fruit so killing them helps to keep the strawberries fresh longer.

Keeping Strawberries Fresh Longer:

• Rinse strawberries under cool water and then place them in a bowl.

Strawberries• For every 2 cups of water stir in ¼ cup of vinegar (apple cider or white)

• Pour the vinegar mixture over the strawberries agitating gently to dislodge dirt and bacteria

• Allow the strawberries to sit in the mixture for 5 minutes

• Drain the berries in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cool water to remove any remaining dirt as well as the vinegar flavor

• Allow berries to dry before placing them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Line the container with paper towels which will absorb moisture extending the life of the strawberries.

*Note: This washing solution will work with other berries as well including raspberries and blackberries.

When to Plant Fruit Trees

With spring coming many people are in the mood to be outdoors and they are considering their gardens and planting fruit trees.  Naturally a common question that quickly follows is: when is the ideal time to plant fruit trees?

Planting a fruit tree at the right time of year and under the best conditions possible will give your tree the greatest chance of survival and production of delicious edible fruit.  Before purchasing a tree take into consideration the timing.

Container Trees
If you have a fruit tree planted in a 5 gallon container or larger, or if it has a root ball wrapped in burlap, and it has a sufficient amount of soil protecting the root system then it can be planted at nearly any time of the year.  The heat of summer is not an ideal time to plant fruit trees as the extreme hot and dry conditions can be stressful for newly planted trees.

Bare Root Trees
Bare root trees have no soil attached to the root system.  If you have a fruit tree with little soil (smaller than a 5 gallon container) or one that is bare-rooted, you will want to plant it when the tree is still in its dormant state, typically late winter or early spring if you live in a cold climate.  If you live in a warm climate you can plant the tree at any time of the year.  It is important to plant bare root trees promptly after getting them home.  Do not allow the roots to become dry.  The bare root fruit tree should be kept in a cool location with moist soil, sawdust or sand until it can be planted in the ground.

Fruit TreeIdeal Conditions
Planting trees in spring allows the tree to become established before the cold winter months hit.  When planting fruit trees in spring, wait for the ground to thaw and dry out enough to work with.  The soil should not stick together when squeezed but should crumble.  The best planting condition is a cool overcast day, avoiding rainy days as well as hot and dry conditions.

March: National Nutrition Month

Should You Add More Fresh Fruit to Your Diet?

March is National Nutritional Month. And whether one opts to send a nutritious edible fruit basket or adapt new eating habits, add these nutritional facts to your food basket. 

Which foods don’t fit the nutritional composite?
Food preparation plays a leading role in nutritional sustenance. Salt laden, deep fried foods, prepared using trans fat foods that should be limited in any diet.

For additional details about National Nutrition Month, please visit www.eatright.org/.

Which foods pack the greatest nutritional value? Organic raw vegetables and fruit pack the greatest sources of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.

What to look for in fruit?
Fruits loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Blackberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries, cherries are laden with antioxidants.

What are the best nutritional characteristics of vegetables?
Vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals just like fruit. In terms of nutritional value, vegetables follow the same rule of thumb that fruit does: vivid colors are generally richer in antioxidants. Among vegetables leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli present an abundance of vitamins and nutrients.

Are nuts really nutritious?
Nuts are loaded with nutrients and are also high in fat. Therefore, nuts should be consumed in moderation. A study at Purdue University found that the best nutritional value is derived from nuts when they are pureed. (Walnuts, almonds and sunflowers.)

Best preparation: Fruits and vegetable offer the best nutritional value when consumed raw. Tarts, fruit salads (optional sprinkled with pine nuts or almonds) and fruit served with yogurt represent three simple alternatives for incorporating fruit. (That’s why fruit baskets make for an ideal dinner gift). 

Edible Fruit Nutritional Facts on Bananas

What is the nutritional value of the banana? What climates are ripe for cultivating bananas? Are bananas healthy for children?

Banana cultivation

  • Sources at Purdue University Horticulture department say that the banana is a species of the the Musa plant family (also referred to as the family Musaceae).
  • According to Wikipedia, five countries account for the greatest banana production. These include Brazil, China,India, Ecuador and the Philippines.
  • Although bananas can be cultivated in most soils, the fruit is intolerant of sodium rich soil. Some banana growers conduct extreme irrigations to filter salt from sodium.
edible fruit banana

The edible fruit, the banana prefers tropical and humid climates

  • Nevertheless, the fruit thrives best in rich, well-drained soil, preferably soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 6.5.
  • Bananas are native to extremely warm climate; in particular tropical regions where the climate never freezes.
  • Ten to 15 months is the standard span it takes for a banana to produce a flower stalk.  Since the soil conditions in California are not conducive in Southern California, many of the state’s agriculturists belong to California Rare Fruit Growers Association.

 

 

Banana Nutrition

  • One-hundred and ten is the average caloric value for a medium sized banana.
  • Bananas comprise rich sources of potassium and fiber.
  • There are 450 milligrams of potassium in bananas, and 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
  • Organic pureed bananas are a nourishing food to serve infants opposed to canned baby food which often contains unnatural additives. In fact the American Academy of Pediatrics deems Bananas to be a safe an pure enough for a baby’s first solid food.

How often do you eat bananas? What is types of edible fruit do you enjoy in a fruit basket?