Corner Fruit Carts
Can someone fill me in on what these are, what they serve, and how to order?
I see them all over the place, but in my 3 years living in LA I've never stopped at one. I can tell they serve some kind of fruit, but are they fruit bowls, smoothies, drinks? How much do they cost? Is the fruit fresh?
The carts I am familiar with are usually Salvadorian. This time of year is the best time to go because the fruit is all in season . What they will do is cut up whatever selection of fruit they have on hand - usually 7-10 types including jicama, coconut, pineappple, mango, etc. into a large plastic bag. You then have the option, which I highly recommend, of having them add lime juice, salt and hot pepper flakes into the bag so that it turns into a spicy fruit "salad" in the bag. It's a great summer treat.
I always stop at the one on Laurel Canyon and Victory, in front of Sears. It's a mixed bag of fruit (and vegetables) -- the one I go to has oranges (naranjas), canteloupe (melón), watermelon (sandía), jicama, cucumber (pepino), mango, and pineapple (piña). You can order whatever you like, or order "fruta mixta con todo" which is everything.
They usually ask if you want salt (sal), chile and lime juice (limón) -- I ask them to go easy on the salt.
A bag that contains about a quart costs between $3 and $5, depending on the season and the availability of fruit.