Scientific Name: Pouteria lucuma
Origin: South America
When something earns the nickname, “Gold of the Incas,” you know it must be good. Lucuma Powder, the recipient of said name, has been in use for centuries and was once a symbol of fertility and creation. Today, it’s used to add a delicious spike of flavor to everything from soups and smoothies to ice cream and cereal. Naturally sweet, but low on the glycemic index, it makes for an excellent alternative to sugar and other sweeteners. That alone makes it worth its weight in gold.
Of course, there’s more to Lucuma Powder than its vibrant flavor. It also offers a wealth of healthful benefits. Packed with Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus, it’s believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and skin-repairing effects when consumed. So, whether you enjoy it in baked goods or as part of your healthy breakfast, this is one addition that’s great tasting and good for you.
Weight Loss Support
Lucuma Powder is rich in a number of weight-conscious nutrients, like protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin B3, that can help support a healthy diet. But, its sweet taste is perhaps the most beneficial in aiding weight loss efforts. As a naturally low GI sweetener, it can replace traditional sugar and sugar substitutes, while also helping to stabilize blood sugar levels and regulate energy consumption.
Rich in niacin, dietary fiber, and iron, one serving of Lucuma Powder also contains the same level of calcium as an 8oz glass of cow’s milk. Together, these compounds are shown to help maintain overall bone health by improving mineral density and combating age-related bone loss.
Lucuma Powder is a natural antioxidant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antifungal. These beneficial properties can help the immune system shield against free radicals, airborne viruses, disease, and infection. They can also shorten healing time for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and wounds.
Believed to be one of the healthiest fruits in existence, Lucuma Powder is a powerful ally to many of our body’s internal systems. An excellent source of carbohydrates and healthy fats, it acts as a natural boost to energy levels without the crash or fatigue associated with caffeine and other stimulants.
The recommended dosage of Lucuma Powder is 1 – 2 teaspoons, per day.
- An excellent substitute for sugar, it can add a nutritious boost to your favorite desserts.
- We suggest giving it a try in your favorite muffin recipe or as a sweet, guilt-free addition to your morning protein shake or smoothie.
Lucuma Powder comes from a “superfruit” of the same name, which is native to areas of Peru, Ecuador, and Chile. Cultivated since 200 AD, it was given the nickname, “Egg Fruit,” by European explorers who came to the region in the early 1500’s. This is mostly due to its distinct yellow flesh that resembles a hard-boiled yolk. Highly valued by the Peruvian people and seen as a symbol of fertility, it can take up to 5 years for a single tree to bear its first fruit. Once it does, however, that tree can produce as many as 500 per season. Though not typically well-known outside of South America, Lucuma Powder is gaining popularity, due in part, to its sweet flavor that’s often compared to butterscotch or caramel.
If stored correctly, our Lucuma Powder has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.