Lucuma powder comes from a subtropical fruit native to the Andean coastal valleys of Peru. It has been used for centuries in South America for medicinal purposes. Traditionally referred to as the gold of the Incas, this greenish fruit has a yellow/orange flesh and a taste described as a mixture between maple, caramel and pumpkin. Naturally sweet and fragrant, Lucuma powder is a popular flavor for beverages, ice cream and desserts.
Lucuma powder has considerable health benefits. It contains many trace elements, including potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium – (important nutrients for hormone balance and bone strength) and lately its many antioxidants are provoking scientific interest for their anti-inflammatory, anti aging and skin repair effects. Lucuma powder also has high levels of immune boosting of carotenes.
Lucuma powder makes a great natural sweetener and can be added to smoothies, granola, yogurt, raw chocolate and desserts to increase nutritional content. As it will not raise blood sugar it can be safely used in baking for diabetics and people with other health issues.