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.