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Bananimals

The humble banana. That yellow semi-circle of squishy goodness. Good for eating, good for putting into smoothies and good for...fashioning into a variety of different animals (we spend a lot of time around bananas here in fruit towers so, naturally, one thing leads to another). 

Today, we thought we’d share with you our favourite banana based animal creations so that next time you've got a banana handy (and a bit of extra time) you can transform it into one of the following:

5. Loch Ness Banana Monster

Stick a few bananas in a puddle and you can just about call it Nessie.

(we found this banana monster here http://imgur.com/4gPOe).

4. Swan banana.

May also require a biro and some artistic talent.

  (we found Jurgen Steenwelle's graceful banana here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/22/dad-banana-art-_n_4646988.html)

3. Banana dog.

Not for beginners. Tricky. Not even a real banana.

(we found this photo here http://www.technocrazed.com/adorable-animal-sculptures-made-from-fruits-and-vegetables-photo-galery)

2. The banana dolphin. 

This image was sent in to us by Fiona Macintyre on Facebook. The banana dolphins are happily frolicking in a sea of grapes (their natural habitat).

 

1. The banana penguin.

This idea was sent in to us by @LivvyEpps on twitter, and is probably the simplest design of the lot . Just peel down the sides of the banana to make the wings and, hey presto, you’ve got a waddly banana penguin on your hands.

 

If you manage to recreate any of the above, or have already earned your banana animal expert credentials and created your own, be sure to let us marvel at them on twitter - you can find us @innocentdrinks. Pretty appeeling, we think you'll agree (sorry).

alphonso mangoes: tropical, and also topical

Our juice is really very tasty. We've made some new TV adverts that show the lengths we go to to make sure every single carafe of innocent juice tastes as delicious as possible. And great lengths they are too, involving bows and arrows and hand-turning mangoes and all sorts. It's all about finding the very best fruit we can find.

You can watch the ads, and learn a bit more about how we get our juice so tasty, right here.

  innocent juice

On a topical note, you may also have noticed some stuff in the papers about an EU shortage of Alphonso mangoes. We do use Alphonso mangoes – they’re the tastiest – but the ban doesn’t affect us, because it only refers to whole mangoes. The mangoes we use in our drinks are crushed in India when they’re nicely ripe, and shipped over to us as puree (like all of our fruit, our mangoes are never, ever air-freighted).

We work with our mango farmers to help improve their livelihoods. In fact, we've just finished the first phase of a project with a group of farmers to improve their yields, income and environmental impact. So far the results are amazing. We’ll be working with them even harder now, as many are small family-run farms that sell both whole fruit to the international market, and crushed fruit to us. We want to make sure our mango growers can continue growing as many mangoes as they can for as long as they can, and we want the mango market to remain as healthy as - well, as mangoes. 

If you have any questions about any of the fruit we use, our adverts, or anything else to do with our juice, drop a line to hello@innocentdrinks.co.uk or tweet us

strawberry romantic

It's Valentines Day, and while we're all getting loved up in Fruit Towers, it seems that some fruits have love stories of their own. 

Everyone knows that chocolate dipped strawberries are pretty romantic, but our love affair with these heart (or bottom) shaped fruits goes back to Medieval England and rural France, where strawberries have historically been served at wedding breakfasts alongside borage. Borage is a beautiful plant with young leaves and pretty, blue, edible star-shaped flowers that taste like sweet cucumber and honey. The reason borage is served with strawberries at weddings is because of the way both plants help each other grow when they're planted in the soil together. And they taste delicious together with some soured cream and a dusting of icing sugar. True love indeed. 

 

love, love me do

 

Feeling the love? Why not send a special compliment to a loved one using our handy compliment generating machine. Hope you have as much fun picking the perfect compliment as we did thinking of them. 

We love you. 

apple season is underway

The apple season is underway, so last week we headed out to the orchard to have a look at the apples that will end up in our drinks. 

Here's a picture of our Rowena, Fliss and Catherine in the orchard. (We seem to have caught Fliss in the middle of tasting an apple, sorry.)

We were there to taste the apples and find out how this year's harvest is looking. Highlights of our trip included riding on tractors around the orchard, and of course tasting the apples straight from the trees. Lowlights included the compulsory dungarees.

We saw how after every seven apple trees there's a gap, where a berry bush has been planted - that's for the birds, so they don't go hungry in the winter. 

We saw for ourselves how the trees are fed, watered, drained, pruned and harvested, and chatted about various philosophies on growing apples. We especially liked learning about the school of thought that says that apple trees should be planted among wildflowers, which helps draw the nitrogen into the soil, and is great for bees, who pollenate the apple trees. It's part of a holistic approach, looking at the orchard as a whole ecosystem, which increasing numbers of growers are adopting. Makes a lot of sense. 

There will be further trips out to see and taste the apples and learn more later in the season, but in the meantime we’re very happy with the way the apples are tasting this year. 

citrus celebrations

If you're wondering why the shop down the road's out of lemons and panicking about what to put on your pancakes tonight, then you'd better hot foot it over to Menton, in the South of France, where if you're very careful and exceptionally good at Jenga, you'll be able to pluck a couple from one of these constructions.

Dinosaur


Lemon elephant

Lemon house