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Aug 21, 2012 03:42 PM

Where can I buy Lucuma ice cream in the South Bay?

I just had the pleasure of trying Lucuma Ice Cream for the first time at a local Peruvian restaurant. Lucuma is a high elevation fruit grown in Peru, and lucuma flavored ice cream is said to be more popular than either strawberry or chocolate ice cream in Peru. I need to know where I can buy it locally so I'd sure appreciate some Chowhound feedback.

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    1. Thanks rhammett for the guidance. I've got both Whole Food and Sprouts within 5 miles of me. I'll check them out.

    2. At which local Peruvian restaurant did you enjoy this lucuma ice cream? It sounds great.

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      1. re: Ogawak

        Hello Ogawak: I sampled it yesterday at a Pollo Inka Restaurant on Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance. They scooped it out of a large ice cream carton and offered me a sample. I had never heard of it before and didn't realize it might be hard to find. I'm continuing my search, and was really wonderful.

      2. I've never seen the ice cream in LA other than in a Peruvian restaurant where I think they are making it themselves, not buying it. I've made it myself as well using imported frozen Lucuma Paste, which i've bought at Catalina Market on Western just south of Santa Monica Blvd. That's not the South Bay, but maybe you could find the paste at another latin market closer to you.

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        1. re: bg90027

          For anyone still interested in trying Lucuma Ice Cream, I was able to purchase it at El Gaucho Meat Market on Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Redondo Beach. The market is filled with all kinds of products from South America including a nice assortment of meats, cheeses and empanadas. It's just off the 405 (San Diego Freeway) at Inglewood Avenue. The flavor was what I'd remembered but there was a slight grainyness, probably because it's made from the powdered lucuma. It was still worth purchasing though.