Lucuma: The “Peruvian Gold” Superfruit

Woman can’t live on berries and cacao alone.

A few mornings ago I dug through my pantry in search of a more interesting ingredient to add to my smoothie bowl. My idea was to create something new, something that was warm and comforting and not tart and summery like my usual mixed berry fruit concoction. I have also fallen out of love with cacao. I am used to it’s bitter flavor, and sure, it helps to bay those chocolate cravings, but it just isn’t chocolate, and it keeps me awake in the evenings. I had this long-forgotten box of Lucuma powder staring straight at me, and moving it from shelf to shelf in search of my ideal ingredient had become an annoying task, so I plucked it from it’s shelf and tasted some.

Expectation:

Sawdust.

Reality:

Oh. My. Gosh.

It’s malty and just sweet enough, almost like the taste of Horlicks, except lighter. The fact that it’s a pure fruit powder was mind-boggling. It clocked in at around 10kcal per teaspoon which is insignificant, but I’d say a tablespoon provided enough colour and flavor to my lucuma chia smoothie bowl.

Health benefits:

Upon further research, Lucuma is a pretty interesting fruit. It’s incredibly tasty and rich in antioxidants which support gut health and prevent signs of early aging, as well as disease. It contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals including as much calcium as a glass of whole milk. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties which makes it a popular ingredient in South American medicines. It’s also low GI. Win, win, win.

Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100g Double Cream Yogurt
  • Some water
  • 1 tbsp Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Lucuma Powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla or unflavored whey protein powder
  • Toppings of choice

METHOD:

  1. Blitz together yogurt, maple syrup, lucuma powder, water and protein powder. Don’t worry about the mixture being too runny, because that’s what the chia seeds are for.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds. Wait about 10-20 minutes for them to absorb some water (You could also do this overnight.
  3. Top with sunflower seeds and toppings of choice.

Enjoy!

x

Rai