FIRST BITE: A Purple Tree Paradise

Editor’s note: Pima Community College has replaced made-to-order cafeteria lines with food trucks. Aztec Press reporters are investigating the new options with fork (or spoon) in hand.

By TANISHA KNUTZEN

Purple Tree is the latest food truck parking at Pima Community College campuses. The new addition caters to students looking to grab a refreshing bite to eat between classes.

Its concept combines mouthwatering foods, healthy lifestyle patterns and laidback vibes in one little purple truck.

Owners Andre Newman and David Krummenacker found inspiration for their solar-powered get-away on wheels while vacationing in Hawaii in January 2014.

“We got completely addicted to these acai bowls that a little truck was serving on the north shore of Oahu, a really popular surfer destination,” Newman said. “They were doing really good business and we were there, literally, for breakfast, lunch and even sometimes for dessert.”

Purple Tree’s menu is completely organic and uses local ingredients to create affordable, drool-worthy creations.

Their specialty item is the acai energy bowl, made with acai berries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and almond milk. It is topped with layers of granola, fresh-chopped strawberries, bananas, shaved coconut and honey.

“Nothing in the bowl is not organic,” Newman said. “There’s no dairy, no artificial sweetener and no ice in our blenders.”

The energy-building bowl costs $7.50 for a large or $5 for a small.

If you’re looking for something to cure a sweet tooth without added guilt, Purple Tree offers organic chocolate, vanilla and coconut ice cream for $5. The ice cream can be made into an ice cream sandwich, a banana split or an ice cream sundae.

Check out Purple Tree’s Facebook page for upcoming events and menu selections.

 

Tanisha Knutzen/Aztec Press The Purple Tree food truck sells organic food and makes its products using locally grown ingredients.

Tanisha Knutzen/Aztec Press
The Purple Tree food truck sells organic food and makes its products using locally grown ingredients.

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