Top 10 Reasons to Give a Flowers to Eat™ Bouquet

ImageThe holidays are past and the new year is underway. If you live in the Tampa, Fl. area and were lucky, you received a delicious bouquet of chocolate covered strawberries or fruit from Flowers to Eat™ over the holidays. Or maybe you were that wonderful gifter who gave a delicious bouquet from Flowers to Eat™ to someone special in your life.

It’s not too late, though, to get the new year off to a great start with a fresh fruit arrangement. Let’s play David Letterman for a minute and think of the Top 10 Reasons to Give a Bouquet from Flowers to Eat™

10. To say: Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary!

9. To say: Congratulations or Well Done!

8. To say: I Love You!

7. To say: I’m Sorry!

6. To say: Thank You!

5. Because you or they have had a bad day or because you or they have had a GREAT day.

4 Because you Know they Love dark chocolate and fruit.

3. Because a Flowers to Eat™ bouquet LOOKS so good!

2. Because a Flowers to Eat™ bouquet TASTES so good!

1. Because no one else makes those “Melt In Your Mouth Banana Bites™!

We look forward to helping you make someone’s day very special. Visit our website, http://www.flowerstoeat.com to see the variety of arrangements that we offer.

Fruit Horoscopes

Fruit Horoscopes                                                                                                                 

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Do You Think Your Love of Strawberries is a Reflection of Your Personality                 

by Derek Schramm, Ph.D

It has been said that “Life is not solely comprised of tasks but of tastes.”  With nature’s abundance of tastes, we can enjoy the sweet pleasures of produce, while helping our bodies heal and develop. 

 What is your favorite fruit? 

 The Pineapple?  If so, “You like beauty.  You carefully weigh every word that comes out of your mouth.  As a result you always know what to say, and people like you because of that.  You have no difficulties to manipulate others.”

  Perhaps you favor Apples.  “If you love apples then it means that you are hardworking and a little old-fashioned.  Your bosses like you as you are able to do whatever they require from you. You have sentimental personality, you are often sad without knowing why.” 

 These and other choice ideas about your fruit choice and personality are referred to as your “Fruit Horoscope.” The accuracy of such sentiments remains to be proven, but it is clear that we all love fresh fruit. 

 At Flowers to Eat™,  your bouquet selection is large and the quality the highest.  These gifts will put a sparkle in your friend’s eyes, as they can partake in guilt free pleasure this holiday season.

 If your favorite fruit is a strawberry, peach, lemon or kiwi, among others, and you want to read more about fruit horoscopes, this url will link you to the authoritative website. 

1  http://likes.com/misc/fruit-horoscope-see-what-your-favourite-fruit-tells-about-you?page=7

Three Cheers for Pineapple

Here at Flowers to Eat™ we use a lot of pineapple. From our Pineapple Daisy bouquet which features delicious pineapple flowers with melon centers, to our Citrus Burst bouquet where we dip pineapple crescents into key lime coating, to chocolate covered seasonal favorites, the pineapple is a staple in our business.

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And, since we are located in Florida, I thought I would try my hand at growing my own pineapple. I remember how fantastically sweet the pineapple in Hawaii is, and was hoping I could produce a pineapple that came close to that level of ripeness and sweetness.

So, instead of throwing out the tops of some of the pineapples that we use in our bouquets, I brought 5 or 6 of them home. One person advised me to ‘just stick the tops into the ground, they’ll grow’. I wasn’t too sure about that method, so I turned to, you guessed it, You Tube. Now a days you can find out how to do anything on You Tube. (When I wanted to remove the hard drive from an old laptop, the professional I took it to told me he would have to take the whole computer apart and it would cost $70 – $100.00.  I found a You Tube video that showed me which 3 screws to remove and out popped the hard drive! But that’s another story for another blog entry).

The You Tube video showed me how to cut off all the leftover pineapple fruit, then start peeling back the stubby leaves at the bottom of the plant. Under these little stubby leaves are tiny roots just waiting for a chance to grow. I peeled back about 4 rows of these leaves, then suspended the plant in a glass of water. The water just covered the tiny roots, with the rest of the plant sticking up in the air.

In 2 weeks the little roots were now 2″ to 3″ long and I was ready to transplant it to my garden. I stuck it in a rich potting soil mix in a place that receives lots of sun. And 11 months later, here is the little pineapple that  grew out of the top of the plant.

ImageIt took about 6 weeks for the edible part of the fruit to grow to about 10 inches long, the size of a smaller pineapple that you might buy at the grocery store. Then it started turning yellow.  I had read that once it was mostly yellow, with some green on it, you should pick it. I watched it every day and was almost ready to pick it when disaster struck in the form of a 4 footed animal (squirrel, opossum, raccoon? ) Who knows which little beastie got to it before I did. But that morning when I checked on it, there was a hole about 3 inches across eaten out of one side of my first, prized pineapple.

What was I to do? I had waited a long time to taste that home grown beauty. I picked the mauled pineapple, took it inside and performed surgery. I cut the nibbled on side of the pineapple off, and then tasted the unadulterated side. It was delicious. So sweet! Almost as good as the ones in Hawaii.

The other 5 plants are now starting to produce fruit too, and I will be going back to You Tube to see how to protect the fruit from poachers as it ripens. Each plant will only produce 1 pineapple, but after you remove the ripe fruit, new little plants grow out from the bottom of the old plant.

I’m looking forward to the next one ripening in about 4 more weeks. YUM!

 

My Favorite Picnic Food

Not fried chicken, potato salad, hot dogs or hamburgers, this picnic favorite hits your sweet tooth. Cold and juicy, green and red, it’s the Watermelon that I am talking about.

Watermelon season is here once again and my family loves it. Yes, there are the seed spitting contests, which I haven’t won in years. There are the decoratively cut watermelon flowers and melons themselves (my favorite is one carved like a shark’s head complete with watermelon rind teeth). And, there are the beautiful and delicious fruit arrangements that Flowers to Eat makes that include this yummy melon.

Watermelon is actually healthy for you. It has high levels of vitamins A and C, and a good level of vitamin B6. The Doctor’s Book of Healing Foods says that eating just one serving of watermelon a day can reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by 82%! For those of us fighting the battle of the bulge, 2 cups of watermelon chunks contain only 80 tasty calories.

Watermelon.org suggests that you ‘spoil your appetite’ by having a slice of watermelon before your meal. Being 92% water, it will help curb your hunger while satisfying your tastebuds.

When you have a chance, please go to our website, http://www.flowerstoeat.com, and under the ‘arrangement’ tab, see the nice selection of bouquets that feature watermelon as a key ingredient. We love that sweet, juicy watermelon, so it’s time to get it while it is available.