Lucuma Ice Cream (Helado de Lúcuma)

Lucuma ice cream
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
777 Calories
30g Fat
97g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 777
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 593mg 198%
Sodium 382mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 29g
Calcium 452mg 35%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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

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.

You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lucuma pulp (frozen, or thawed puree)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipping cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the evaporated milk in a pot over medium heat and gradually bring to a boil.

  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 over 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.