The Lucuma tree (Pouteria lucuma) grows in the southern Andes and has already been valued and cultivated by the Incas. Because of that, Lucuma is also known as “gold of the Incas”. The fruit has a sweet taste and is predominantly cultivated in Peru. There, Lucuma is one of the prevalent cultivated plants.
The fruits of Lucuma trees have about the same size as mangoes. They have a green pericarp and yellow-orange pulp. In Europe, Lucuma is primarily available as powder with high nutrient content. Lucuma powder is made out of Lucuma fruits that were dried at low temperature. The fruits are gently powdered to obtain a vegan, raw fruit product.
Because of the sweet taste and the healthy properties, Lucuma is widely popular. In South America the flavor “Lucuma” in many regions, has a higher popularity than flavors like vanilla or chocolate which are predominant in Europe.
Lucuma is perfectly suited to naturally replace artificial sweeteners or refined sugar. Due to the low glycemic index of Lucuma it is ideal for people who suffer from diabetes.
Lucuma is a great source for vitamins like vitamin A, B1, B2 or B3. Furthermore Lucuma has a high content of mineral nutrients like ion, potassium or calcium.
In addition, Lucuma comprises a high content of niacin which helps in the regulation of cholesterol levels. Beyond that Lucuma powder is rich in fibers which are beneficial for the digestive system in our body.
By using Lucuma powder as a natural sweetener, the body does not receive blank calories but is instead provided with precious nutrients. The excellent taste makes Lucuma powder perfectly suitable for the preparation of delicious foods and beverages.