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Cool coconuts

While the sun seems to have left us temporarily, we like to remain optimistic here at Fruit Towers. While we await the big yellow orb in the sky to make its return, we’ve been getting prepared by making these fruity, naturally hydrating ice pops. There’s a COOL idea. Geddit? Ice lollies? Cold? COOL idea? Nevermind.  

Have a go at the recipe below, here’s what you’ll need:

 

  • 1 litre of coconut water
  • Fresh berries of your choice. We used 2 kiwis, 200g of strawberries and 200g of raspberries but you can use whatever tickles your fancy. Don’t forget to add in some extra for essential snacking.
  • 8 plastic ice pop moulds OR you can go DIY and use plastic cups and popsicle sticks.

 

 

Once you have all your tasty ingredients chopped and at the ready you can get down to making your ice pops.

All you have to do is place whatever mixture of fruit chunks you want in the mould or plastic cup and pour in your coconut water. Just make sure there’s enough coconut water in the mould so that the fruit chunks will freeze together in one ice pop shaped ice cube.

Pop them in the freezer and after 2-3 hours you’ll have a tasty, fruity, hydrating ice pop to cool you down after a day in the sun. Easy peasy.

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We’ve cracked it

That’s right. We’ve only gone and cracked it by making a deliciously fresh-tasting coconut water that’s the perfect natural thirst quencher.

Our coconut water is one of the few on the market that’s made entirely from 100% pure coconut water – no concentrates, sweeteners or anything added at all. We couldn’t be happier with the taste too – our unique blend of specially selected varieties of coconut (including a tasty top secret one) has this sweet, refreshing and nutty taste, perfect to cool you down on a hot day or a day where there’s average weather or even on a day when it’s raining. Handy.

So what makes our coconut water so special?

 

  • It’s made from 100% pure coconut water.
  • It’s a unique blend from specially selected varieties of coconut in Thailand.
  • It’s low in calories.
  • Each glass contains 26% of your recommended daily potassium to help you stay hydrated naturally.
  • We’re the only people to keep it chilled from the cracking of the coconuts to the moment you drink it, so it’s bursting with fresh taste with every sip.

 

The RRP for 1L cartons is €4.49 and the RRP for 500ml cartons is €2.99 but make sure to keep an eye out for special promotions across supermarkets and shops.

 

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Bloomin' amazing

It’s hard to believe that it’s Bloom bank holiday weekend again. But it is. And we’re as excited as ever to be part of the fantastic growing festival in Dublin.

Bloom not only gives us a chance to chat to some fellow growing fanatics and drinkers over the course of the weekend but it’s also our opportunity to take our Sow & Grow champions out for the day and make them feel like the superstars that they are.

This year for the fourth year, we teamed up with GIY Ireland to get children all over Ireland sowing and growing their own seeds in the classroom, to show just how easy it is to grow your own plants and vegetables. Teachers and school children from all over the country got involved and got their hands dirty with a bit of gardening fun. This year over 20,000 kids around Ireland were growing their own in their classrooms.

Hundreds of schools signed up for a free growing pack which included all they needed to grow in their classrooms (cups, seeds, soil and growing guides). We had three top prizes up for grabs:

1st prize: The winning school will win a trip the Bloom gardening festival, along with €500 worth of gardening equipment and one year’s mentorship from a GIY gardener in their area. To top it all off, we’ll take your class to Dublin Zoo for a tour and some tasty lunch.

2nd prize: €400 of gardening equipment/plants and a visit from one of the GIY team to give advice on spending the money wisely and make your school even greener.

3rd prize: €300 of gardening equipment/plants and a visit from one of the GIY team to advise on spending the money wisely to help your school on its way to becoming even greener.

We dug deep into the growing diaries that we received over the past few months and after much deliberation with our panel of judges, we final found our deserving winners:

1st prize winners: 2nd class in Our Lady of Good Counsel, Drimnagh, Dublin.

(Pictured are Muna, Adam, Callum and Miguel.)

Some facts about our champs:

#1 They are the first all boy school to pick up the title of Sow & Grow winner. G’wan the lads.

#2 Their favourite plant to grow this year was pumpkin

#3 They can sing. Really well

Their teacher Ms Quinn says: “This is the first year that the class took part in ‘Sow and Grow’ and from day one they were very enthusiastic about growing, they even created a music video to tell the story of growing their own vegetables in the classroom.”

We’ll be announcing 2nd and 3rd prize winners next week but in the meantime we wanted to thank all of the schools who took part in Sow and Grow this year. We were so(w) impressed with the standard of growing diaries this year so you all should be very proud.

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Big Knit, bigger cheque.

This week we were joined by our record-breaking (and very glamorous) knitters to take our €20,000 donation to Age Action off our hands.

 

(BEFORE)

 

The €20,000 is a result of collecting 65,000 little hats, hand knitted by the Irish public, so thank you very much. Without your little hats, we wouldn’t be able to help older people stay warm and well in winter.

 

For more information on how the Big Knit helps loads, visit: http://www.thebigknit.ie/

 

(AFTER)

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We’re officially amazing.

Nothing to see here, just the Guinness Book of Records confirming that we are ‘officially amazing’. 

You may remember us attempting to break the existing World Record for the ‘Largest display of knitted sculptures’ last November when we officially launched the Big Knit. Well, this month, we received confirmation that we had in fact broken the existing record (8845) by displaying 9,100 little hats in the Little Museum of Dublin.

It’s safe to say we’re pretty chuffed here in Fruit Towers (and a little smug.).

 

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