What is it? | Lucuma
Thank you for all your beautiful well wishes for our anniversary yesterday. We played it pretty low key at home as we had just returned from a mammoth 5 week holiday to Dubai, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore so we were pretty happy to stay at home and chill.
Yesterday I ventured up to our compound commisaarry (kinda like a bulk stores supermarket) to pick up some basic supplies and came across this in the minuscule organic/diet section
Of all things!
We have such random things appear from time to time in our commisarry (I found hemp powder months back) and if you are a savvy compound shopper, like me, when you see things like this that you want, you buy as many as you can, as you can never know if/when they will ever return.
Whenever I find stuff like this, I tend to post it up on my personal facebook page where all my other friends who live here can see (like a bush telegraph hehe) and yesterday was no different.
So naturally most of my friends asked:
So What Is It?
Lucuma (Pronounce Loo-Koo-Mah) also known as the Gold of the Incas is a fruit tropical to South America, most notably Peru,Chile & Ecuador where it has been harvested since ancient times and images of the fruit have been said to be found on excavations found by archaeologists.
It is usually found in powder form (if you are not eating it fresh in Peru) and this example the fruit is dried then processed to make it easier for you to put in any kind of desserts or smoothies where a little sweetness is required without the calorie load.
The flavour is similar to maple or caramel and makes a yummy addition to raw and baked goods although I’ve only ever used it to make raw yummies. Because of it’s aroma similar to maple flavoured ice cream, it is Peru’s most popular ice cream flavour, outshining chocolate and vanilla in sales.
The reported health benefits of this nutrient dense superfood are that it is loaded with beta carotene and iron and niacin (B3) and is also a quality source for complex carbohydrates, fibre, and vitamins and minerals, plus because of it’s yummy subtle sweet flavour, it lends itself to a healthier sweetener alternative as it is low in sugars.
Examples on how to use it:
Today I made a yummy smoothie and it was sweetened with lucuma
1 cup of freshly made almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, 1 cup packed swiss chard and 1 T LUCUMA
Ani Phyo – one of the rockstars of the Raw Food Chef variety demonstrates a yummy raw icecream here.
So run, don’t walk, to the commissary to get hold of yours! And if you do, let me know what you make with itShare on Facebook