You Gotta Try This: Mis­ter Fruitcup

Trailer is in­spired by Mex­i­can snack of fruits tossed with lime, chile

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & DRINK - Byad­die Broyles abroyles@states­man.com

Justin Ava­los is tak­ing back the fruit cup.

For too many years, we’ve as­so­ci­ated the term “fruit cup” with the shelf-sta­ble plas­tic cups filled with syrupy sweet liq­uid and mushy “fruit cock­tail,” but at his Mis­ter FruitCup food trailer at 415 Jessie St., Ava­los is show­ing just how cre­ative you can get with fruit sal­ads that hap­pen to be served in a cup.

In­spired by the Mex­i­can street food snack of fruits such as mango, pineap­ple, mel­ons and ji­cama tossed with lime juice, chile and a hint of salt, Ava­los started ex­per­i­ment­ing to cre­ate his own com­bi­na­tions of sweet, tart, sour and maybe even salty and spicy.

Ava­los saw a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity in his new­found dis­cov­er­ies, so he got to work on what is now a lit­tle cart just be­hind Thom’s Mar­ket on Barton Springs Road.

He re­cently re­leased his fall menu, which in­cludes items such as the Ver­mont cup with red and green ap­ples, dried apri­cots, pecans, ched­dar cheese and maple bal­samic vine­gar, and a ve­gan Masala cup with ap­ples, pears, straw­ber­ries and masalaspiced yo­gurt.

My 5-year-old was thrilled to find a fruit cup with sprin­kles and whipped cream (home­made whipped cream!), and I was de­lighted with the fla­vors and tex­tures of the Thai cup: ba­nana, wa­ter­melon, can­taloupe, or­ange and cu­cum­ber tossed with a chili lime spice mix­ture, lime juice and co­conut flakes.

An­other sur­prise was a cup sim­ply called “win­ter,” with pears, ap­ples, dried pineap­ple rings, pis­ta­chios and pome­gran­ate lemon vinai­grette.

In ad­di­tion to the fruit cups, which come in two sizes ($6.50 to $7.50), you can or­der fruit cup and cheese plates and larger fruit sal­ads and trays that would be per­fect to bring to a potluck or hol­i­day party.

Go to mis­ter­fruitcup. com or search Mis­ter FruitCup on Face­book for hours, which vary.

AD­DIE BROYLES / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Mis­ter FruitCup is a trailer that sells up­scale fruit sal­ads, in­clud­ing sea­sonal va­ri­eties. Owner Justin Ava­los sells big batches of the fruit mixes that are great for bring­ing to par­ties and potlucks.

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