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Lucuma Ice Cream (What is Lucuma?)

 

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?

77 Responses to “Lucuma Ice Cream (What is Lucuma?)”

  1. Tasha said…
    We love chia here in our house...especially chocolate almond milk with chia, chilled. But would love to try lucuma! Thanks!!
  2. Krista said…
    I'm now following you on Twitter, Meghan - I love trying new foods & I look forward to your updates! Krista @PhytoK
  3. Kimberly Dunn said…
    I'm going to request this at the store! I need to try it, it sounds a-mazeeeee-ing!
  4. Ashlei said…
    I love Navitas Naturals and it'd be great to give this product a try!
  5. Ashlei said…
    I "like" Navitas on facebook
  6. Ashlei said…
    following Navitas on twitter @the_vegster
  7. julie rosier said…
    this looks great, I think I will attempt it this weekend. thanks!
  8. Sheena Furnace said…
    I would have to say bee pollen is the best new food to come into my life as of late. It's got that sweet, faint taste of honey without all the stickiness and sometimes intense sweetness that is honey. I find it so versatile! I put it in smoothies. I make a myriad of cacao-based desserts and bee pollen often finds its way into or on top of some sweet treat. Plus, what's not to like about "The Perfect Food?" 96+ trace minerals, including all the ones necessary to sustain human life! Plus, it's comprised of 40% protein, all of which is completely usable by the body without needing to be further broken down or metabolized. Um, hello, amazing! Wondering what I can do with the little buggers next?????
  9. Jenny Primm said…
    Spirulina-love it in my green smoothies!!!
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