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fruit fight

We were having a debate in the kitchen the other day. If all the fruit in the world got a bit lairy and had a scrap, who would win? And who'd be knocked out first round? Unable to agree which fruit was the 'ardest, and which fruit was the weakest, we thought we'd ask the nice folk that follow us on Twitter & Facebook for their opinion.

Here's a selection of some of the things people said.

Warning: these pictures contain a blend of bad jokes and utter nonsense, and don't contribute in any way to your five a day.

Happy Friday.

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At the end of every summer, my mum sends a massive pot of her damson jam to Fruit Towers for toast duty

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It's been in the kitchen less than a week now but has already taken over as king of the breakfast spreads.

Here's a rare early morning sighting of two Philippa's by the toaster, about to engage in some homemade-jam-on-granary action

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Thanks to Mrs T for making stolen re-homed damsons and breakfast taste so very good.

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come along to our cafe

We're going to be opening a little cafe in Shoreditch, East London for 7 days this October and we'd love you to come along.

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We've called it the innocent 5 for 5 cafe because from the 1st - 8th October (closed Monday 4th), we're aiming to serve 5,000 people their 5-a-day for a fiver.

Which is 25,000 portions of fruit and veg.

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For just £5, you can choose a 2 course lunch or dinner from a tasty menu which has been specially designed by our guest chef, Gizzi Erskine.

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We've got a special kids menu too and a handy takeaway hatch round the side where you can pick up a veg pot and smoothie for £5 if you've only time for lunch on-the-go.

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The 5 for 5 cafe is bookings only, so to bagsy yourself a seat or find out a bit more, just click here and we'll hopefully see you down the cafe.

kenyan mango safari

Most people associate a trip to Kenya with a safari adventure, but last week Atha and I were hunting a different kind of beast - the ngowe mango. It's a african variety of mango that we think could taste nice in our drinks, and it would allow us to make our first purchase of fruit from smallholder farmers in Africa.

The ngowe mango tree looks like this.

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We want to make sure that our trade with these farmers is more than just a sales contract - we want to work out how we can help to make a material difference to their lives, even if it is just a little bit.

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We visited a number of farmers to learn all about the ngowe mango and the challenges they face to earn sufficient income. We also talked with great organisations like Technoserve, Fintrac and FARM Africa to learn how they work with these farmers to improve their productivity and help them to gain greater access to markets and finance.

A lot of the farms are in remote areas which makes it very difficult to transport the fruit to markets.

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The farmers usually grow a mix of cash crops (ones which can earn them an income) like mango, papaya and banana, and then grow food crops like maize for the family to eat. If they can afford it, the farmers will also keep a goat or a cow to provide milk.

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We hope to make our first purchase of mango at the end of this year, so we will keep you updated on our progress and how we will be working with these farmers.

Many thanks to everyone we met for spending time with us and teaching us so much, and to the Technoserve team for showing us around in Kenya - it's a beautiful country.

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Jess and Atha

tales from the amazon

News fresh in from the Amazon

Our Sam is currently out in Brazil, cruising along on a big canoe and making sire we get the best acai berries for our pomegranates, blueberries and acai berries recipe.

She didn’t manage to take our special camera along (humidity issues) but she did manage to send us a brief update and some pictures of her trip so far.

Hi Guys

I so wish that we had taken the web cam - we have to find a way of setting this up for future fruit trips.

The Amazon, where we source our acai berries an incredible place. The light, sounds of the jungle and just the sheer size and scale of the river is unbelievable. (Forgive me if you've been there before…)

Yesterday, we walked into the jungle for about 20 minutes to find fruit of the right maturity.

‘That’s hardly very far’, I hear you cry, but trust me, in this humidity, it felt like a marathon.

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One of the acai farmers I met was Fernando and his son, Isaias. They both rise at 5am each day, locate the fruit and then pick berries for 3 to 4 hours for as many days of the week as they wish or need to.

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Then they retire to their hammocks once the day’s picking is done. Life is so simple and peaceful here.

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Fernando and his family rely on the river for everything and their diet is super healthy - shrimps, acai and pretty much every other tropical fruit you can think of...

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Looking forward to sharing more when I get back

Lots of love for now,

Sam

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More on Sam's trip when she gets back from the jungle.