LUCUMA is a fruit, a color and a fair trade company!
We are often asked about the meaning behind our name. Lucuma (loo-coo-ma), before anything else is a delicately-flavored tropical fruit native to the cool highlands of the coastal valleys of Peru. In Peru, the sunshine like color of it’s flesh is also called lucuma! Our name Lucuma Designs, honors the vibrancy and uniqueness of this exquisite Peruvian fruit as those qualities also reflected in our folk art collections!
Lucuma Fruit As Super FoodThe lúcuma (or pouteria lucuma) grows best at altitudes above 1,000 up to 2400 meters in the coastal Andean valleys of Peru, Chile and Ecuador.
Due to its high nutritional value, it was once referred as the Gold of the Incas and it has been an important crop since ancestral times. This is proven by the many ceramic remains from the Moche and later Inca cultures.
This starchy fruit is high in iron, niacin or vitamin B3, carotenoids, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Lucuma powder can be easily added to smoothies or used in desserts such as puddings, creams, cakes, cookie, etc…
Fresh lucuma is the best!It’s tasty starchy flesh melts in your mouth with a custardy like flavor. If you are luck to be in Peru during the summer months, from January to April, you can find it in most markets. Also many specialty ice cream shops usually make their own using fresh Lucuma which is the best. You have to try it!
Finding fresh Lucuma in the US: To our knowledge commercial plantations of lucuma are mostly found in Peru and Chile. Since the lucuma fruit ripens quickly and is delicate, exporting it fresh has proven challenging so we don't it is yet available in the US. Although there are rumors that some growers in California and Hawaii are trying it or so we hope.
Frozen LucumaThe best next option to fresh fruit is finding it frozen! Here in Florida, we discovered a great source for the frozen pulp at our local Latin American mini mart. With this fruit pulp mixed with a little vanilla ice-cream, we make yummy shakes!
Lucuma ice cream is a Peruvian favorite!In Peru, the lucuma ice cream ranks as #1 in popularity before even the well known vanilla and chocolate flavors!
With Peruvian food gaining popularity as one of the most flavorful and rich cuisines of the planet, Peruvian restaurants are popping everywhere. So if you happen to visit one, make sure to ask if they serve Lucuma ice-cream!
Dried Organic Lucuma PowderThe bulk of the Lucuma production is found in dehydrated form with only a small percentage reaching the local markets to be consumed fresh. Once dehydrated, the lucuma powder (or flour) is mainly sold as flavoring for ice creams and nutritional supplement.
Luckily today it is relatively easy to find lucuma powder in the US (and most likely also in other countries) and these are just a few online places!*
* Lucuma Designs is in no way related to any of these companies and neither can we testify about their quality, so please use your own judgment in selecting sources.