What is Lucuma?
Lucuma is a yellow-fleshed fruit native to South America, which packs a powerful health punch! The popularity of Lucuma in Peru is so great that 26 villages are named after the fruit. And it’s easy to see why; containing a glorious abundance of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. With a light maple flavour, lucuma powder can be used in a variety of dishes in place of regular sugar, such as cakes, biscuits, smoothies and ice cream (In-fact it’s Peru’s No1 ice-cream flavour).
Health benefits of lucuma powder:
Offering a variety of health benefits, lucuma is touted as a rich source of nutrients including beta-carotene, vitamin B3, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, plus other vitamins and minerals. It also contains protein, antioxidants and dietary fiber.
Other wondrous health benefits of the fruit include its immune-boosting properties, as well as its natural antibiotic and antimicrobial properties.
How is lucuma eaten?
Since finding its way to our shores lucuma is commonly consumed in powder form. The whole lucuma fruit is typically dried at a low temperature and then ground into powder. Containing protein and trace minerals, this all-natural sweetening powder can not only help stabilise blood sugar, but also curb cravings, curb appetite. The fruit has long been said to aid fertility and has been a Peruvian symbol of fertility for several millennia.
What a fruit! And with those credentials it’s a true superfood that deserves wider recognition!
Where can you find Lucuma Powder?
Mine was gifted by “Indigo Herbs” based in Glastonbury and this what they have to say about themselves…
“It’s our greatest wish to inspire and empower you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! So Indigo Herbs has evolved with the mission to supply you with the finest natural health products of the best quality, at affordable prices. Indigo Herbs is based in the “Alternative Lifestyle” capitol – Glastonbury, Somerset, UK and we are passionate about natural health. The team behind Indigo Herbs have been, and continue to be inspired by the plenitude of natural health solutions our earth provides us with and we are proud to be making a difference and supporting you on your journey to wellbeing. We make a great team”
Sound like my sort of people and love their approach. You can read more about “Indigo Herbs” and their really awesome range of health products: HERE
So, how to use this fabulous superfood:
If you’ve read our recent article about “Sugar Addiction“, you’ll be familiar with my personal struggle with the ill effects of sugar and the damage it’s caused my skin. Therefore I’m always on the hunt for healthy sweet replacements and Indigo Herbs kindly gifted me a pack of “Lucuma Powder” to experiment with. So, doing just that, I made a number of dishes to test its versitility and in the hope it could satisfy my longing for a tasty but healthy sweet flavour. Here’s a couple of my experimental recipes…
Recipe No:1 – Lucuma Ice Cream:
My dad recently gave us a small ice cream maker and as lucuma is Peru’s number one flavoured ice cream, it was the perfect recipe to test out both!:
- 3 Cups of Full Fat Milk (I used Grahams Gold Top)
- 6 Egg Yokes
- 1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup of Indigo Herb Lucuma powder
- Pecans to Garnish
- Kenwood Blender
- Panasonic Ice-Cream Maker (Mine was a little old but did the job)
1. Combine all ingredients in the blender. (Alternatively, use a hand blender or whisk by hand).
2. Pour into your ice cream maker according to manufacture’s directions – Place in the freezer for 5 hours and it’s ready.
The result, the flavour is difficult to describe but the closest would be a caramel, maple taste that almost boarders on a coffee latte! It really is lovely and provided the perfect accompaniment for a gooseberry crumble. I would have photographed the crumble but it was a little too rustic looking (AKA fell apart!)
Recipe No:2 – Lucuma & Banana Smoothie:
This was absolutely GORGEOUS, so much so I let Teear have a taste. Usually fairly dismissive of my healthy shakes and superfood smoothies, but before I could stop him had drunk the lot…. It really is that good! You could use any nut milk but having just discovered “Coconut Dream” which is lactose and dairy free, but a source of calcium and vitamins: D & B12 I used this.
- 1 tsp of Indigo Herbs Lucuma Powder
- Large Cup of Coconut Dream – Mix of Coconut & Rice Milk
- 1 Banana
- Retro Super Blender (Similar to a NutriBullet)
Super simple, whizz the lot up and drink – I promise you it’s super lush! I’m heading out early tomorrow morning to get more ingredients as this is about to become my regular morning drink.
I’ve also used the Lucuma Powder on my porridge in the morning, which is perfect as adds a sweet maple flavour. In conclusion I absolutely LOVE the flavour it provides, it definitely satisfies my sweet longing and excited to continue to experimenting with new recipes. I’m thinking of trying in biscuits next and will share the recipe if successful!
The product is of great quality, the packaging is awesome (which I’m told is a new design), the taste is right up my street and super healthy to boot, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan!
For more information and additional recipes then please go to the “Indigo Herbs” site, where you can read more about this wonderful sugar alternative and do order your own to experiment with:
More detailed information on “Lucuma Powder” and to buy then click HERE