Superfood Spotlight: Lucuma Powder
Lucuma is an exotic fruit native to South America. Inside its hard green shell is a soft yellow flesh that has a mellow sweet caramel flavour. When the lucuma flesh is delicately dehydrated at low temperatures and then milled into a super-fine powder the nutrients and benefits are retained and transformed into a highly bio-available form.
5 Health Benefits of Lucuma Powder:
Rich in Antioxidants
Lucuma's high antioxidant content helps your body detoxify, fight and prevent diseases as well as slow down the processes of aging.
The fruit's antibiotic, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties assist your body in healing wounds and regenerating tissues.
High in Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Lucuma's nutrient profile includes vitamin C, niacin (B3), calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and beta-carotene, to name a few.
Full of Soluble and Insoluble Fibres
The soluble fibre feeds beneficial bacteria in your gut and produces short-chain fats that protect against gut inflammation, while the insoluble fibre prevents constipation by helping food move more smoothly through your colon.
Lucuma can be used as a naturally low GI sweetener, which means it enters your blood stream slowly and doesn't spike insulin. It works well in recipes as a substitute for other sweeteners when you don't want a super-sweet taste or as a complement to other sweeteners when you want the health benefits, mild caramel flavour and a velvety texture.
How To Use Lucuma Powder:
Lucuma's fine flour-like consistency creates a creamy texture when added to homemade oats, chia pudding, custards and ice creams. Because it blends well with fat (like nuts and seeds), lucuma is also delicious in smoothies and drinks using coconut, nut or seeds milks as bases. Try our Homemade Nut Nog for example. A combination of lucuma and carob powder can be used to replace cacao. Being caffeine-free this is an especially good alternative for kids. Lucuma's caramel flavour also pairs well with cacao in any recipe.
A little goes a long way. Start with a small amount of lucuma powder (like a 1/4 teaspoon added to a mug of hot cacao) and play around with it to find what works for you.
So what is a "Superfood" anyway? Although there’s currently no universal definition or standard criteria, it's generally accepted that these are foods that are dense in nutrients and, when added to real-food-based diets, can provide your body with additional elements it can use to thrive.