Fruit Cart on 33rd and Market

I haven’t been feeling 100% lately. With finals looming and a seemingly endless list of due dates, I haven’t really been getting enough rest and it has definitely taken a toll on my health. And I know I’m not the only one. My a cappella group, the TrebleMakers, is hosting our final concert of the year this Saturday and with everything that’s going on, it’s hard to prioritize our health. But the last thing I want is to be battling a cold or any other sickness, for that matter. My friend (and fellow TrebleMaker) Marina is a Health Science major, and she reminded me that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. While it doesn’t take a budding doctor to know that, as college students we often forget  how good fruits and vegetables are for us.

With that said, I decided to take her advice and try to eat healthier. There’s a Fruit Cart by Nesbitt Hall on 33rd and Market that I walk by everyday on the way to class. Even though the smell of the fresh fruits are enticing, I had never thought about getting a fruit salad or a blended fruit shake for a snack instead of cookies from the Insomnia Cookies truck outside the library.

I wasn’t able to get a photo of the cart because I had left my camera in my dorm, but I’m sure you have or will see it when you are walking around campus!

The Experience
Because this was my first time here (or at any fruit cart, for that matter), I had no idea what I wanted. However, the menu is pretty limited–it is a fruit cart, after all. You can choose from the four flavors of fruit shakes (strawberry, banana, pineapple and mango) and fruit salad (either with one fruit, or mixed). The owner was incredibly nice and patient, since I asked to see almost every size of the containers. In the end I decided to get a Mango Fruit Shake ($3), since mango smoothies are one of my favorite things on a hot summer day. It doesn’t take a lot of time to make a fruit shake, so I got my shake in two minutes.

The Shake
It feels weird to talk about “the food” when all I got was a fruit shake. In any case, it wasn’t the best fruit shake/smoothie I’ve had, but it was 80° out so it definitely hit the spot. There were some chunks of mango, which I loved. However, there was something that was a little off about the taste–she pumped some sugary syrup into the fruit shake making it a little too sweet. It wasn’t really worth the $3, but it could’ve been a lot worse. Next time, I’d probably try a fruit salad and just get my smoothies from Currito.

Mango Fruit Shake