Looook! It’s lucuma!

January 29, 2018 6:46 am Published by 1 Comment

What do you get if you cross a sweet potato with a spoonful of maple syrup? You get lucuma! Or so some people say, on tasting it. This wonderfully – and naturally – sweet powder is made from the dried pulp of the bright orange Peruvian lucuma fruit. At Naturally Good Food we sell two brands of lucuma, produced from fruit grown in orchards in the mountains of South America.

Lucuma - wonderfully sweet and nutritious too!

What do you get if you cross a sweet potato with maple syrup?

Lucuma is very popular in its native region, where it has a variety of uses. If you’re looking to add natural sweetness, it makes a great choice: lucuma works well in desserts and hot drinks, is lovely in baking, and is delicious mixed into ice-cream. (Lucuma is actually the most popular flavour of ice-cream in Peru!)

Lucuma is also often suggested as an addition to home-made chocolate, along with our cacao butter. And with its creamy, caramel-ish taste, it’s frequently dropped into smoothies to take off bitterness from other ingredients. Many people become just a little addicted to its amazing flavour…

The Gold of the Incas

All that’s gold does not glitter – in South America this fruit is known as ‘the gold of the Incas’. Thought to have been a symbol of fertility and creation for this early civilization, it’s easy to see why it should have had an important role. As well as being genuinely tasty, it’s rich in essential nutrients.

The Incas knew the real value of lucuma.

Fancy some gold of the Incas?

Lucuma is packed with antioxidants, which fight the effects of free radicals in our bodies. It has plenty of vitamin B, which we need to access and release the energy contained in our food, and is rich in fibre, which is essential for the proper functioning of our digestive system. With its low glycaemic index, it sweetens without sending blood sugar levels soaring. Meanwhile, its potassium works to maintain normal blood pressure and the correct balance of fluids in the body, while its iron makes red blood cells, to carry oxygen around our bodies. It’s also a good provider of zinc, which is necessary for proper reproductive health, as well as for a strong immune system, muscle growth and repair, and our sense of smell and taste.

Do say…

Can I have a flake with that?

Don’t say…

The Incas, eh? What did they ever do for us?

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