Ever heard of Lucuma Powder? Just another superfood powder I hear you mutter. We thought so too until we explored the tasty qualities and benefits so we thought we’d ‘ll you in on 5 reasons you’ll go loopy for Lucuma Powder.
What is it?
Lucuma powder is made from the subtropical fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree, which is native to Peru, Chile and Equador. Lucuma are cool-weather drought-resistant trees that grow 25 to 50 feet tall. Known as the Gold of the Incas in ancestral times, the fruit is yellowish green and egg-shaped with a dry, starchy yellow-orange flesh. The taste is described as maple or caramel to pumpkin-like. The pulp of the lucuma fruit is dehydrated to produce the lucuma powder, or flour, which is marketed primarily as a flavouring. (Courtesy of Live Strong.)
Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
It tastes like caramel
What’s not to love about a powder that tastes like caramel AND is good for you?! It can be interchanged with Maca or Mesquite powder in your recipes. Add to smoothies, nut butters, bircher or biccie. Lucuma ice-cream is NEXT LEVEL!
It can be used in raw and cooked recipes
Great for those raw foodies as well as those who dabble. Versatile! Here are a couple of recipes to help get you on your way. Pinterest has a WHOLE lot more so go check that out too.
Lucuma is naturally sweet
This is great news for those who are weaning themselves from sugar or going sugar free. It can even be substituted all together for sugar. Try 2:1 (lucuma 2: sugar 1). Also safe for diabetics.
Rich in antioxidants
Lucuma’s rich antioxidant content means it helps to fight and prevent disease, and slow the aging process. The fruit is used as a natural healing medicine in South America, due to its antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. (Via Be Good Organics)
We stock Loving Earth’s prepackaged powder or you can purchase a little or a lot from our loose assortment.