A DECADENT ARRAY: An assortment of chocolate-covered and cheesecake-stuffed strawberries done by Fruity Arrangements.

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Try edible diamonds for Valentine's

By Kimoy Leon Sing

Expressions of love could be found just about anywhere, but on February 14, some people feel the need to do something extra-special for Valentine's Day.

Not just a day for lovers, but a celebration of love in all forms. Be it a father and daughter or grandmother and grandson, Valentine's Day holds special meaning for many people.

Narissa Koonoo is the owner of Fruity Arrangements. A relatively new edible fruit store located in Aranjuez, she has found ways of creating fun and delicious gift ideas just in time for Valentine's Day.

"Our arrangements possess the splendour and captivation of a floral arrangement with the added feature of being a luscious treat comprising of the finest fruits from all parts of the world. Some of the varieties of fruits we use include strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, kiwi, watermelons, pineapples, blueberries, raspberries as well as various types of grapes and oranges," Koonoo said.

"Before deciding to open Fruity Arrangements, I worked in my family's business assisting with the accounts. Growing up in a business that was family-oriented, it just came natural to me that I should have my own business. My family showed their support in this venture, which gave me the confidence to branch out on my own and explore my creativity," she said.

Catering to all sorts of occasions such as Mother's Day, Christmas, birthdays, get-well, anniversaries and business events, Koonoo enjoys putting her own twist to her edible creations.

She said, "This year I decided to go all fancy by adding a little 'bling' by incorporating edible pearls, edible diamonds, edible gold, edible teddy bears and hearts to our gourmet chocolate strawberries. I decided to add this to our Valentine's Day catalogue simply because, from a woman's perspective, a little luxury and pampering go a long way. Which girl does not like diamonds, or pearls or gold so why not have it all if you can."

"Along with our exotic fruit bouquets we are adding chocolate-covered strawberries done in bouquets and on platters," she added.

"Having my own business gives me the opportunity to maximise time spent with my husband and my five-year-old son. Time is flexible in being able to do what we want, when we want, without having to worry about accountability to anyone. Nothing is more important to me than family. I tremendously enjoy looking for new things that can enhance my business. I strive to keep my customers satisfied so they are always confident and assured in knowing that the perfect gift idea is just a message or phone call away," Koonoo said.

"For Valentine's Day, for the men, we do chocolate strawberries or cheesecake stuffed strawberry platters whilst females are treated to either fruit or chocolate bouquets. Our arrangements come in all sizes and can be specially created to satisfy any preferences." she said.

For more information about these edible treats

contact Fruity Arrangements at 787-2426.

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