Lúcuma is one of the most unusual tropical fruits in South America. It's very popular in the Andean regions Perú where it is cultivated. It has an orange pulp and yellow and a distinctive perfume-like flavor that combines well with dulce de
leche and chocolate.


  • 8 egg yolks

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk

  • 2 cups whipping cream

  • 1 cup frozen lucuma pulp/puree (thawed)

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • If you can't find frozen lucuma pulp in your latin food market, you might find lucuma powder, which can be added to this ice cream recipe to taste (approximately 1/4 cup). Adding 1/2 cup dulce de leche in place of 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk also makes a delicious variation.


  • 1.

    Place the evaporated milk in a pot on medium heat.

  • 2.

    While the evaporated milk is heating to a boil, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thickened and pale yellow in color.

  • 3.

    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.

  • 4.

    Return the hot milk, sugar, and egg yolk mixture to the pot, and cook on medium-low heat. Cook 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.

  • 5.

    Add the lucuma puree, vanilla, and whipping cream and mix well. Chill thoroughly.

  • 6.

    Freeze ice cream according to your ice cream machine directions.


Lucuma : a sweet and edible fruit of the Lucuma tree (Pouteria obovata, or Lucuma obovata), resembling a persimmon in appearance.
The orange and yellow pulp of this exotic, sweet fruit was once hailed the “Gold of the Incas,” where it has been cultivated since ancient times. A native to the highlands of Peru, the fruit of the beautiful evergreen lucuma tree has been honored spiritually as well as in cuisine due to it’s exquisite composition. Today, lucuma continues to enjoy enormous popularity in its native lands, and in some countries is actually favored over classics like chocolate and vanilla as an ice cream flavor.

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