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Lucuma - The Tropical Ice Cream Flavor Recipes

Updated on May 3, 2011

Have you ever been to Peru, Chile, or Ecuador? If you go there you will find that the most popular dessert flavor is a uniquely sweet and subtly maple
and sweet potato- like taste, this natural sweetener is inherited by adding Lucuma or "egg fruit". In South America, Lucuma ice cream outsells vanilla and chocolate varieties.

Lucuma fruit
Lucuma fruit

Lucuma Fruit

Lucuma is a subtropical fruit native to Peru, southern Ecuador, and Chile that was first reported in 1531. It is a green round or ovoid fruit with a bright yellow dry flesh that has the texture of hard-boiled egg yolk.

It is very nutritive fruit as it contains carbohydrates, fiber, B vitamins and a good deal of carotene. It is a healthy sweetener, since it has the good taste besides the valuable nutrients.

Lucuma Products

Lucuma fruit is not exported itself, instead there are its pulp or puree which can be used in food applications like drinks, pudding, ice cream, pies and cakes, and there is lucuma powder which is the most popularĀ  form that is used for flavoring. The powder gains fans continuously.

Lucuma Ice Cream

You can taste the value of adding lucuma powder to your ice cream, by going through these recipes which utilize it with sugar or with salt.

Lacuma Ice Cream with Sugar :

- 12 ----------- egg yolk
- 1 1/2 cups --- sugar
- 2 1/4 -------- evaporated milk
- 3 cups ------- whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cups --- lucuma pulp/puree (thawed)
- 1 1/2 tsp ---- vanilla

- Heat the evaporated milk on medium heat.
- Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thickened and pale yellow in color.
- When the milk reaches a boil, pour a small amount into the egg yolk mixture while whisking. Add the rest of the hot milk and mix well.
- Cook the new mixture on medium-low heat until mixture starts to thicken and just barely comes to the boil, stirring constantly.
- Strain into a clean bowl, and place bowl in an ice bath.
- Add the lucuma puree, vanilla, and whipping cream and mix well. Chill thoroughly.
- Freeze ice cream according to your ice cream machine directions.

Lucuma Ice Cream with Salt :

Ingredients :
- 3/4 cups ----------------- raw cashew (soaked)
- 1/4 cup --- coconut cream (coconut meat, or raw coconut butter)
- 1/4 cup --- lucuma powder
- 1/4 cup --- raw agave nectar
- 1/2 whole vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup --- water
- 1/8 cup --- maca powder
- Celtic Sea salt to taste (or use any highly mineralized salt)

Procedure :
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor it is a thick, creamy consistency. Put in a freeze proof container and freeze until it is ice cream. An ice cream maker is not required, but can be used.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I never heard of this and am pleased to learn all about it from you.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the information - I have a new ice cream flavor to try - now that ain't bad :) Rated up big time!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      I love lucumas. It is a shame that I have never been able to find them outside Peru. However, my mom manages to send me powdered lucuma, it is not the same as the fresh fruit but it is rather good and reminds me the tastes of my childhood.

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent!! I have never heard of this fruit - your recipes sound great - I'll have to try it.

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      8 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific culinary food hub beautiful thanks much sorry was sick


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