What is lucuma? Well, in short it is the newest 'superfood' to enter my world. It is sweet and delicious. It looks like an avocado sort of. You can get it in dried powdered form from your fave superfood supplier (soon to be me, when that bit of my website is up and running). But really, what is this strange fruit?
It comes from peru- as too many super powers do. In peru, the Lucuma is used as an emblem to represent those fine peeps. It is celebrated for its amazing flavour and smooth as silk creamy texture and is actually considered one of the most unique fruits in the world. Now I have your attention right?
My best description of the taste is, well, indescribable. Um.. kind of sweet and caramelly. In spite of its sweet flavour, it is still amazingly low on the glycemic index which makes it a great thing to add to our raw hot chocolates in the morning if we want some sweetness without the sugar kick.
The goodness packed in this punch soothes the nervous system- it is loaded in vitamin B3- the nutrient known to aid in depression. This amazing fruit is rich in fiber, iron and carotene. Carotene- by the way is what gives it the pretty orange colour and the even prettier ability to protect our DNA from cancer.
Lucuma can be tricky to find in stores, but easy to order online and one of my fave companies, Navitas, offers it as well.
Get some and try it! Over here in the kitchen, we loved it in our Holiday Nog (which, by the way, was hated on by a few food blogs- and not because they didn't like the taste, but because they didn't like that it didn't have milk and sugar). Now, I know it is hot and sunny down here in St. Lucia but it is still winter up where you are so it is never too late to give the nog a try.
Down here in the sun... we're making Lucuma Ice Kream!
Lucuma Ice Kream
1 ½ cups cashews, soaked
½ cup organic lucuma powder
1/3 cup raw honey or 1/4 cup coconut syrup
1 whole vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup water or coconut milk
Pinch of sea salt
- Blend all together
- Freeze overnight
- Remove from freezer about 20 minutes before serving.
Question Of The Day: What is the newest amazing food to come in to your life?