Lucuma is a subtropical fruit of Andean origin. It has particularly dry flesh which possesses a unique flavor of maple and sweet potato.
Lucuma is a very nutritious fruit, having high levels of carotene, vitamin B3, and other B vitamins. It is especially abundant in beta-carotene, niacin and iron with significant amounts of calcium and phosphorus.
Enjoy the lucuma flavor by itself or mix it in smoothies or as a sweetener replacement.
For a raw icing treat, blend lucuma powder with vanilla bean, and coconut oil. Lucuma powder can also add creamy sweetness to a smoothie or raw candies.
Lucuma is sometimes known as lucmo. In English it is known as the "eggfruit", a common name also given to the closely related canistel. The name "eggfruit" refers to the fruit's dry flesh, which is similar in texture to a hard-boiled egg yolk.
The round or ovoid fruits are green, with a bright yellow flesh that is often fibrous, but bears an aftertaste that some find odd and unappealing. The largest concentration of this fruit is found in Chile and in the Peruvian regions of Cajamarca, Ancash, Lima, and Ayacucho. Fruits grown in the Peruvian highlands are considered to be of superior flavor, and are culturally revered.
Lucuma has recently become popular as a dried powder flavoring, and production of Peruvian fruits dried for export is increasing on a large scale. Lucuma is a popular flavoring for ice cream in its native range, and in Peru even exceeds the demand for more globally popular flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.
Use Lucuma Powder in place of sweeteners like Agave, Stevia, Xylitol, Honey or Dates. The powder has a mild sweetness to it. Start with a 1:1 ratio of lucuma powder for the sweetener in the recipes below and then adjust to your desired sweetness.
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