As I mentioned in my post about Cusco, I fell in love with lucuma+mango juice in Peru. Quite simply, it’s the best juice ever.
When I got to Lima for the second time, I indulged in lucuma+mango juice like it was my job. Below is a tutorial on how to make your own, though finding lucuma in most places is impossible. According to Wikipedia, it’s native to Peru, grown in Ecuador and Chile, and can be found in Costa Rica, Bolivia, Vietnam, and Laos.
1. Start with a ripe mango (on the left) and a ripe lucuma (on the right)
2. Remove the lucuma’s skin.
3. Cut the mango. I prefer to cut small pieces like this since the mangoes in Peru were huge.
4. Remove the mango skin.
5. Put everything into the blender.
6. Add ice if you want a cold drink. Where I stayed, there were no ice cube trays so I had to improvise.
7. Put the ice in the blender.
8. Add instant coffee for flavor (optional)
9. The start of something beautiful
10. Add water
11. Blend! This video is an epic failure as I didn’t add enough water and the ice, obviously, was too wide to reach the spinning cutters. And every other day I made this, I forgot to re-record the video. Anyway, you get the idea!
12. Ready to drink!
13. Life-changing moment