Lucuma powder is made from the subtropical fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree that is native to the highlands of Peru, Chile, and Ecuador where it has been cultivated since ancient times. Today, lucuma is one of the regions most enjoyed foods, and is a popular ice cream flavor among Europeans and South Americans.
Known as the Gold of the Incas, the fruit is yellowish green and egg-shaped with a dry, starchy yellow-orange flesh. The taste is described as maple or caramel to pumpkin-like. The powder comes from the dehydrated pulp of the lucuma fruit. It has a low sugar content and a delicious flavor.
Nutrition: Lucuma contains 14 essential trace elements, including potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Lucuma powder contains 329 calories per 100 g. Per 100 g, it contains 87 g of carbohydrates, 2.3 g of fiber, 4 g of protein and 2.4 g of total fat content. It also has 92 mg of calcium per 100 g to keep your bones and teeth strong. Phosphorus is important for bone and protein formation, digestion and hormone balance; lucuma provides 186 mg per 100 g.
Uses: Use Lucuma Powder in place of sweeteners like Agave, Stevia, Xylitol, Honey or Dates. The powder has a mild sweetness to it. Try replacing half of the sweetener in your recipes with lucuma at a 1:1 ratio and then adjust to your desired sweetness.