Living in LA, it can be hard to escape the barage of healthy eating options always around us. Gluten free this and vegan-soy that, but nothing is as good for you than just some fresh ol’ fruit. And luckily, it’s all around us and we don’t even know it.
I’m sure you’ve been driving around LA and noticed the ubiquitous rainbow umbrella of a fruit cart vendor parked right on the corner of your favorite intersection. And I’m sure you’ve never thought twice about getting out to pick up some fruit from one of these guys. But let me be the first to encourage you to do it. Once you make friends with your local fruit cart guy. You’ll never imagine a world without them. These guys are the real kings of the LA street food scene.
Over a bed of never-melting ice, these guys usually have whole fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, coconut, pineapple, mango, papaya and sometimes even orange slices ready to be cut up upon request and served right to you. And sometimes, they throw a magical, Mexican spicy sauce over it that gives your fruit just that extra kick it needs.
These guys are like the OG fruit ninjas, carrying around a machete and ready to disable any watermelon that dares get in their way. I’ve never seen more fancy swordwsmanship than from the fruit cart guy on the corner of Sepulveda and La Tijera.
And you say to me, “Brockwell, how good could some fruit from the side of the road really be?” But let me tell you, some of the best mango I’ve ever had in my entire life has come from one of those fruit cart guys. Those giant, cut up fruit bowls serve as a great afternoon pick me up. Or you can get an entire tray and it’ll last you the week.
They’re a great dessert to serve at dinner parties. Plus, you can really help say you supported local business after getting one. My go-to order, “Todos, menos jicama y poquito tajin.”
Pay a visit to your local fruit cart guy today, you’ll be glad you did.