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strawberry fields forever

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Last week Lucy, Sam, Felicity and Vanessa took a trip out to Northern Poland to have a look at the Senga Sengana strawberries we use in our smoothies. This was a very well timed trip as Senga Sengana strawberries are currently in harvest right now (plus it's quite hot in Poland at the minute so the girls could break in their summer wardrobes at last).

Here they are trying to track down some strawberries.

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It wasn't too hard to find some thankfully...

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Senga Sengana strawberries are the very finest strawberries we can find, deliciously tasty, extremely fruity & juicy with a unique deep red colour.

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Lucy (our chief cherry picker) definitely approves.

If you'd like to try the delicious properties of Senga Sengana strawberries yourself then a great place to start would be our current smoothie of the month, or the old favourite strawberries and bananas. Happy tasting.

a film about our apples

We went up to Suffolk to see Henry recently and made a film about the apples that we get from him. Watch it below, or click here to watch a slightly bigger version:

We should probably point out that Henry isn't our sole supplier of apples. We get them from a few different people. But Henry's mum does the best shepherd's pie, hence the fact that we chose his apples to film.

look at them apples

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A quick post about some apples. I went up to see Henry last week - he grows a whole load of apples in Suffolk and we use them in our smoothies. His family have been growing apples in those parts since 1702, and will carry on for a fair while too. I got some video of Henry, so will edit it when I have a spare five minutes and post it here. In the mean time, some photos of Henry and his apples.

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one of the orchards

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a view into one of the old orchards

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Spartan apples - they'll be ripe pretty soon

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Henry standing next to the old stonewheel and trough, which used to be used to squash the apples

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new season apple juice - almost orange in colour, and pretty amazing in terms of its taste

where the blueberries roam free

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Jon has just got back from Nova Scotia. He went out there to check the blueberry harvest and to make sure we've got enough berries for your smoothies.

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We use these wild blueberries, which are smaller and more tasty than the cultivated ones you'll find in the shops. The smaller size means you get more antioxidants from them than large cultivated ones, as the goodness is in the skin. Of course, being wild, you can't plant them - you just have to hope they grow. And it can take up to 25 years for them to spread across a field. This means that the fields where they grow are handed down from generation to generation of farming families in Nova Scotia (which is in Canada, in case you were wondering).

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The blueberries are harvested by dragging a comb-like thing through the field, as pictured above.

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The blueberry farmers have to rely on nature for most things. And the most important thing they need in order to get a great crop is to provide lots of bees to pollinate the plants. During the spring, enterprising bee owners hire out their bees to farmers so that they can put the hives in the fields. Lots of bees means lots of blueberries, but also means lots of bears, as the bears quite like the honey.

Anyway, Jon made it back alive, unsavaged by bears and full of tales from The Blueberry Inn, the place where he stayed. Quite fancy a trip there myself. Looks beautiful.

gee honey

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Did you know that honey bees have to gather nectar from two million flowers in order to make a pound of honey, which means that one bee would have to fly 3 times round the globe to make a pound of honey? Cor blimey. However, in reality the average honey bee will only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime. Sob.

But the best bee fact is that they communicate using the medium of dance, as shown in this highly informative film.

Thanks to Vicky for letting us use this photo from her flickr.