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Blueberries: The Unsung Food Hero.

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It’s always interesting to watch kids eat: the foods they love, the foods they despise, and the foods that they can take or leave…

My son is a nut about blueberries, even going as far as to break into the kitchen (eschewing the snack food cupboard entirely) to pinch a punnet of blueberries from the fridge and stuff as many into his mouth as possible before I catch him. He will take blueberries over chocolate every time… and apparently, this is a great thing, as blueberries are considered to be a superfood.

While the term ‘superfood’ gets bandied about a lot, not everyone is aware of how a food is classified as one. Basically, a superfood’s nutrient composition (vitamins, antioxidants and minerals) is noticeably higher than what the body’s basic nutritional needs for survival require.

Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all the fruits and vegetables, as well as appearing to benefit ageing neutrons, helping to maintain brain function and improve memory.

Interesting fact: A single blueberry bush can produce up to 6,000 berries a year.

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written By: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

Succulent Strawberry Season

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Somehow, I always manage to miss strawberry picking season. Last year, I took the kids to a strawberry picking farm and, upon noticing there were none on the vines, bought a punnet and raced ahead of them, strategically placing strawberries for them to ‘find’ so that they wouldn’t be disappointed.

Strawberries season in England usually starts at the beginning of May, and lasts until the end of September, though in 2017 strawberries started to appear in February due to an unusually warm climate for the time of year.

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The strawberry is an incredibly versatile fruit, used in baking, salads, smoothies, ice creams, jams and chocolates, as well as being widely used in cosmetics such as lip balm, shampoo and moisturisers. Appreciated as much for its aroma as for its juicy and sweet taste, the strawberry could well be one of the most underestimated fruits on our tables.

When eating strawberries, we not to dwell much on its nutritional value as we lose ourselves in the juicy, saccharine taste, but they are an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of manganese, and provide several other vitamins and minerals in lesser amounts.

Interesting Fact: Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside.

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written By: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

Florette: Enjoy Summer Salad!

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Gone are the days where hacking an iceberg into bits and throwing in some tomatoes and cucumber makes an exciting salad.

Florette has upped the salad game with their fresh selection of salad mixes guaranteed to make even the most reticent green-eater reach for the dressing.

Boasting salad blends containing crisp greens such as sweet butterhead, vibrant radicchio and peppery wild rocket, Florette offers ready-mixed, vibrant salad combinations for your healthy enjoyment.

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Full Steam Pictures had the pleasure of creating some new recipe and serving suggestions, along with shooting some delicious images that went on to be used on Florette’s salad packets, their website and social media pages.

Florette is a farmer-owned company that grows over 11,000 tonnes of leaves and feeds 7.6 million families every year. They believe in the quality and freshness of their salads, and ‘go the extra mile to ensure that each leaf is grown in just the right amount of sunlight’.

For more information about Florette, and for some delicious recipe suggestions, please visit: www.florettesalad.co.uk.

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written By: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

World Chocolate Day? Yes please!

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An entire day celebrated by eating chocolate? Stand aside and pass me the confectionary!
Some sources say that this day commemorates the introduction of chocolate to Europe on July 7, 1550, but whether or not this is the case, let’s eat some choccy!

These days, chocolate is many things to many people: a comfort food, a little treat, a forbidden indulgence, something to keep the kids quiet, or even an aphrodisiac.

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Historically, chocolate was much more than just a tasty morsel. The Aztecs believed that cacao (which chocolate is made from), was given to them by their gods, and the cacao bean was considered to be more valuable than gold.

Back in Europe, chocolate was mostly enjoyed as a drink, until chocolatier J.S. Fry and Sons created the first chocolate bar in 1847, and over two decades later Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter teamed up with his friend Henri Nestle to create the Nestle Company and brought chocolate to the mass market.

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Chocolate may well be one of the most celebrated foods around the world, popping up as specialities on Easter, Christmas and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Chocolate has been the subject of many successful books and film adaptations, and makes its way into almost any dish you can think of, including beers and coffees.

Interesting Fact: The French celebrate April Fool’s Day with a chocolate shaped fish.

Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written By: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.





Central Foods' vegan, gluten-free cheesecake.

Central Foods are now offering a pumpkin cheesecake, which is part of the gluten-free and vegan dessert range that they have recently launched.

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Full Steam Pictures was lucky enough to get a first look at this scrumptious pudding when we took the photographs, and we are hoping to have a taste very soon!

Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.