You may not have heard of it yet, but you will. Sometime in the near future you will taste lúcuma ("loo-ku-mah") and you will either love it or you will hate it. Lúcuma is a subtropical fruit from the Andes. It used to be one of South America's best kept secrets, but with the rising popularity of Latin food, and the growing market for Latin ingredients in the US, lucuma is making inroads into the North American palate.
Lucuma elicits passionate responses; no one is impartial. If you like lucuma, you love it. You can't get enough of it and you pester your friends to try it. If you don't like lucuma, you really dislike it and the thought of eating it makes you sick. There does not seem to be much of a middle ground when it comes to lucuma.
Most people try lucuma ice cream (helado de lucuma) first, and if they become a convert, they graduate to more exotic desserts such lucuma mousse, lucuma flavored dulce de leche, or lucuma and chocolate combinations. I think some people are turned off by lucuma's rather grainy/pasty texture, but it also has an intense (some might say delicious) flavor that is difficult to describe. When you get the chance, try and it and decide whether or not you're a fan. Let us know what you think.
Look for lucuma (frozen or freeze-dried) at your local latin food market.Recipe for Lucuma Ice Cream - Helado de Lucuma Lucuma and Mamey Sapote