What in the World is Lucuma?
Lucuma is a super nutritious, native fruit of Peru in South America. The fruit itself has been a symbol of fertility to the Incas, as it resembles a woman’s womb. Much like the avocado, so many of its nutrients will help heal and repair the female reproductive organs.
Physically, if you could imagine a mango and an avocado ‘do it’, Lucuma would be the result. Although it tastes a lot like a creamy sweet potato, drizzled with maple syrup. Lucuma powder is a low GI sweetener, so its often used in baking recipes or used in vegan ice-cream recipes- my favorite!
I personally use Lucuma Powder to make superfood fudge bites, smoothie bowls, ice-cream, and blondies (my fav).
Lucuma is high in protein, iron, vitamin B1, 2 and 3; also vitamin C, calcium, and zinc. This fruit is high in antioxidants and has lots of antibiotic agents, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
It is high in beta carotene which is vital for radiant, beautiful skin and is most commonly used to visibly improve skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. Which can also help with anti-inflammation, anti-aging and skin repair.
Being so high on the fibre rich foods list, it can help improve your digestive system and keep you more regular. Use it!
If you’re not sold on it yet and live in the Powell River region, join me at the markets and enjoy some of my delicious Lucuma fudge bites!