A flagship Peruvian product with a unique fragrance. Known as "Inca gold", it is a popular ingredient in confectionery for its delicious taste. It has a high anti-oxidant content, and is rich in the vitamin B complex.
In the Philippines it is known as teissa
. It is also called "eggfruit
" in English, a common name also given to the closely related canistel
). The name "eggfruit" refers to the fruits' dry flesh, which is similar in texture to a hard-boiled egg yolk. The lucuma has particularly dry flesh which possesses a unique flavor of maple and sweet potato. It is a very nutritious fruit, having high levels of carotene
, vitamin B3
, and other B vitamins. Formerly known as Lucuma obovata
, it is now considered a member of the genus Pouteria
, and given the name Pouteria lucuma
. Due to its very dry flesh, the fruit is not commonly eaten by itself.
Lucuma flavored juices, milk shakes and especially ice cream are however extremely popular throughout Peru and are enjoyed year-round by many locals and tourists.