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Fruteria Huerta: jugos, licuados, raspados and helados on Valley Boulevard

We've brought back some entries from a past photo series"Where Alhambra Shops"that spotlights grocery stores around Alhambra.
While jugos, licuados, raspados and helados (juice, smoothies, snow cones and ice creams) are common in parts of East Los Angeles, Fruteria Huerta sticks out like the fox in a chicken coup in Alhambra. Neighboring establishments include a Yoshinoya, a liquor store, and several Chinese businesses.
Aguas frescas (water refreshments) are fruit drinks that contain no additives, but the colors are so vivid that you’d swear they were artificial. They come in sandia, frescas or mango (watermelon, strawberries or mango). The best way to serve this type of drink is to pitch the container in a bed of ice and ladle out the juice—never using a strainer, because that would remove all the pulpy goodness. The most popular drink is a vampiro, named for the blood-red stains it produces, which contains oranges, beets, carrots, celery, lemon and the flavor is cool but alarming with all the vegetables and fruits fighting for your palate. 
On a recent visit, Alberto—an 11-year employee at Fruteria Huerta—was behind the counter, helping to prepare a fruit arrangement for the Alhambra Police Department. He says the police and fire departments are frequent customers of the Valley Boulevard shop. He said that business had grown since the Source first profiled the store in 2011.
The store front
A selection of fresh fruit
Nopales, edible cactus
Ingredients for bionicos (fruit salad with condensed milk)
Spices for menudo
Pan dulce (sweet bread)
Piloncillo sugar
Fruteria Huerta
1705 Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 576-5467

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