Lifestyle: Why we should love the edible bouquet trend
Fruit Bouquet from Edible Blossoms
It was reported recently that Increasingly, brides are shunning traditional bouquets for arrangements made up with citrus fruits, berries and even cabbages or leeks.
Time was a bride would either choose a flower based on their meaning such as the white lily, symbolising purity (yeah, right), and the red rose for romance. I'm not even gonna start on what carrying a cabbage down the aisle might represent.
The trend is driven by couples keen to use sustainable and local produce and a growing interest in the provenance of food, according to a report in Waitrose Weekend magazine.
Some couples plan to reduce waste by cooking their edible bouquets after the nuptles are over. Edible bouquets can also be the answer to what get a friend or relative who is in hospital but not up to visitors when traditional flowers are a no-no.
Hospitals banned flowers as a health threat in an attempt to stop infections.
Many hospitals have long accepted policies of not permitting flowers in high-dependency units. Since 1996, most hospitals banned flowers from general wards. Motivated by the need “to show they were taking hospital acquired infections seriously”.
They justified the ban on the grounds that flower water contains dangerous bacteria, though it was reported that hospital staff were “more concerned about the practical implications of managing flowers than risks of infection”. One nurse claimed that the biggest problem was curtains knocking over vases resulting in broken glass and water on the floor. Another nurse was “adamantly opposed” to flowers on the ward, saying that staff don’t have time to change the flowers’ water, spillages were responsible for falls and pollen caused hay fever.
Fruit bouquet on arrival
There is a clever answer to how you can send flowers without any of the risks, plus there's added health benefits.
Edible bouquets aren't a new thing but i recently had this same situation whereby I wanted to let a relative I was thinking of them. This was my first time ordering one.
I used a company in Nottingham called Edible Blossoms. Their website was easy to use and offers various bouquets including themed ones for events such as Valentines Day and Weddings. I'm torn on having and receiving flowers. I love receiving them and I think they really bring something to a room, but I hate to see them die - the good thing about the edible bouquet is the obvious fact that you can eat it too.
Before you start picturing them carrying an arrangement fit for Harvest Festival, the fruit in the bouquets is arranged, cut and presented to look like a standard flower bouquet.
Orders made before 2pm can be delivered for next day delivery from mid-morning to late evening (as late as 9pm during busy holidays). I checked with the company first that they were happy to deliver to the Queens Medical Centre, as I myself have had many occasions whereby I've struggled to park, then there's the question of parking fees etc. They said they did, so I then ordered online so I could choose from the available bouquets. The company rang me to check the location of the ward. Not having been I wasn't much help and gave them the best explanation Google had to offer. I was later advised that it took them an hour to find the ward (oops). What was nice though was that they text me to advise that the bouquet had been delivered and even told me of the recipients reaction, which is a nice touch.
My Sister-in-law, who received the bouquet, also sent me photos of the gift (which I've used for this post), so you can see how nice they really are. The fruit was lovely and fresh and they use 100% real chocolate in all the dipped Edible blossoms and products!
Another reason fruit is so good as a gift for anybody thats ill is detoxification. If you're fighting infection or you've had an operation, It's not just an old wives tale to eat fruit.The liver is the main organ of detoxification which requires a number of nutrients to function correctly. Heavy treatment protocols such as chemotherapy and antibiotics may reduce the body’s ability to detoxify which can be “reset” somewhat by consumption liver boosting foods, such as fruit, on a daily basis.
Obviously anything that detoxifies has to be good for the skin too - and we all need that, don't we ladies.
Just an aside for the Brides to be, I can't see anything that says a fruit bouquet cures headaches on the wedding night.
What are your thoughts, would you swap the traditional bouquet for a fruit one?