If you yearn for the fresh fruit of summer, you’ll be happy to know that Canyon Country residents can get it year round. A few months ago, Cunchy’s Fruit opened on Camp Plenty Road and it’s the aim of the Alanis family to meet the cravings of locals with a menu of fresh fruit options.
Some of the most popular offerings are gaspachos and aguas frescas – and Cunchy’s combinations can involve 28 different types of fruit. Other items on the menu include milkshakes, green juices, fruit bowls and specialized creations such as Diablitos and Chamangos.
Fidel and Josefina Alanis and their four daughters, Valeria, Alondra, Jackie and Juliette, have operated a food truck for 10 years. They do events and participate in several Farmers’ Markets, including Santa Monica and Torrance.
“The reason we decided to open up a store is because the customers were asking where they could find us during the week,” said Jackie Alanis, who is a business management student at California State University, Northridge. “As a family we decided maybe it’s time to open an actual store.”
If the name “Cunchy’s” sounds a lot like “Crunchy’s,” there’s a reason for that. First of all,
the name “Crunchy’s Fruit” was taken, Jackie said. But on a more personal note, when Josefina was about 3 years old she had trouble with pronunciation, saying “cunchelito” instead of “conchelito,” for instance. So, they started calling her “Cunchy.”
“Everything we have here is made from actual fruit. There’s no powder or artificial flavoring,” Jackie said. “Our shaved ice is made from scratch – pure strawberries, watermelon, cucumber and lime. What we’re known for is our gaspachos, which include five different fruits: watermelon, mango, jicama, cucumber and pineapple. It’s served with freshly squeezed orange juice and lime juice and three salsas we make ourselves.”
The recipes came from Michoacan, where Josefina’s grandmother passed them to her daughter, who passed them to Josefina. And now they’re being shared with others.
“It’s like a fruit cocktail, but when you try it, it enhances all your taste buds. Something sour, something tangy,” Jackie said. “Everything is so refreshing and everything is natural.”
A former student, Jackie grew up in Canyon Country attending Cedar Creek, Sierra Vista and graduated from Canyon High School in 2017.
As it turns out, the family business coincides with Jackie’s career trajectory. “One day I’d like to make this a franchise,” she said.
Cunchy’s Fruit is located at 27219 Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country. Hours may change for summer, but are currently: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 661-360-7950 for more information.