Organic Lucuma Powder
Organic Lucuma Powder is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals including remarkable concentrations of beta carotene, niacin and iron. Made from dehydrated lucuma fruit, it is considered one of the Lost Crops of the Incas. Lucuma powder is a low-glycemic sweetener with a caramel-like taste that goes well in foods and desserts.
Our organic lucuma powder is never heated and is considered raw.
How to Enjoy Lucuma Powder
Lucuma fruit has a naturally sweet taste that people describe as being similar to maple, custard, or pumpkin. Organic lucuma powder is an extremely versatile and tasty ingredient which blends well with ice creams, baby food, yogurts, pies, cakes, cookie fillings and desserts. As a general rule of thumb, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of regular sugar for 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder in your recipes. Experiment to find the amount of sweetness that works best for you. Sprinkle it over oatmeal and cereal, or mix it into salad dressing and smoothies for a nutritional boost.
Health Benefits of Lucuma Powder
Unlike many common sweeteners, lucuma powder has a low glycemic index and does not cause spikes in blood sugar. This makes it a great sugar alternative for diabetics and those watching their sugar intake. Raw lucuma powder is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in our bodies and promotes eye health, cell growth, and a strong immune system. It is also rich in B-vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, niacin, and protein. A 2010 study conducted by Rutgers University found that lucuma nut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that promote wound healing and skin regeneration. The skin repair benefits and anti-aging effects of lucuma may have positive implications for its use in future medicinal and cosmetic applications.
What is Lucuma?
Native to South America, lucuma fruit (Pouteria lucuma) is an exotic green fruit with a starchy yellow-orange flesh. Once known as the ‘Gold of the Incas,’ the reverence for this nutritional, subtropical fruit was reflected in the art and ceramics of ancient Peruvian cultures. Its enticing and unique taste is especially popular in countries like Peru and Chile, where it is one of the most desired ice cream flavors. Lucuma fruit is also referred to as lucmo and eggfruit.
Maybe I am using this wrong... But I bought it to use in my coffee. Once I added enough of this to make my coffee sweet (which was a lot), it gave the coffee an earthy taste. Not horrible, but there are much better natural sweeteners.Joshua, Las Vegas, NV
Very interesting taste .. palate cleaner; will order again.Dorian, Floral Park, NY
Part of my daily mix drink.Lance, Las Vegas, NV
Works well in smoothies - thanks!Linda, Ashland, OR
Organic Lucuma Fruit Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.
Serving size 4g (~0.1 oz.)
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Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. It is ok to refrigerate.
Country of origin: Peru