These days buying an edible gift can be a confusing ordeal since people are often looking for healthier options with the introduction of food consciousness and many new diets. The solution, then, is to buy the one thing you know everyone can eat: fruit. Penny’s Fruit Bouquet is a recently established start-up that provides customers with pretty and healthy fruit bouquets.
We contacted Lobna Anwar, founder of the company, for more information.
Anwar used to work at EgyptAir, giving her a chance to travel around the world, which helped her to find new ideas. “I always came up with innovative ideas for decorating my table with artistic edible pieces for every occasion, like carved vegetables,” she said.
The positive feedback she would receive encouraged her to take the hobby a step further. “I attended courses, got my equipment and material, and that’s how the idea of Penny’s Fruit Bouquets started. I thought: Why not share this art with people other than family and friends?” Anwar said.
For those who are more shamelessly glutinous, fear not. Penny’s also makes chocolate, cookies, cakes, cupcakes and savouries among other things.
Anwar is very particular about what goes in her edible art pieces. “Most of the ingredients that I use are imported from US and Switzerland, but I get the fruit from the local market as it has to be fresh. I buy organic and on the same day the client receives it from Penny’s,” she explained.
We asked about the most popular product. “The most well-known item on my menu is the strawberry tree: it a nice tree built up with fresh strawberries and grapes dipped in chocolate. It is often ordered for bachelorette and wedding parties because the strawberries are dressed as bride and groom. Also character cake toppers are frequently requested, and recently I’ve started making gelatine flowers as cake toppers or centrepieces for decorating tables,” Anwar said.
She also offers custom-made themed cakes; one of her most recent creations was designed for the occasion of Sham El Neseem and featured a fesikh fish on top of the cake. Orders have to be made at least 48 hours in advance.
More of Anwar’s creations can be viewed on the company’s Facebook page, Penny’s Fruit Bouquets.