Lucuma, (Pouteria lucuma) is a plant specie indigenous to Peru. It grows in inter-Andean valleys such as Ayacucho, Huanta, Cuzco, Valle de Urubamba, Cajamarca, Junín and extends to Ecuador and Chile.
According to historians, the use of lucuma comes from times before the INCA Empire and the evidence is on the images molded in vessels of the Mochica culture, which developed on the North Coast of Peru.
This confirms its ancestral benefit as part of the nutritional diet in those and other populations that settled in the coast and highlands of Peru.
Lucuma is rich in fiber, iron and carotene. A highly energetic food that is consumed fresh and used for endless presentations.
Lucuma has a high nutritional value, it is a good source of carbohydrates, rich in minerals and vitamins.
It contains Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotenes, also vitamins B1, known as thiamine; vitamin B2, known as riboflavin and finally vitamin B3 or niacin, vitamin C. It also contains iron, phosphorous and calcium.
Good source of antioxidants and essential trace elements to support a healthy immune system.
- It is a healthy and natural sweetener.
- Reduces cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Recommended for people with depression.
- Prevents and controls diabetes.
- Reduces anemia, it is rich in iron.
- Controls reactive hypoglycemia.
Lucuma powder is obtained from the pulp, it is used as a sweetener for smoothies, it is also ideal for ice cream, cookies, and chocolates. It will provide a natural and nutritious flavor.