Lucuma, also called “gold of the Incas”, stands out for being an excellent natural sweetener. Originally, from the Andean valleys of Peru, it is mainly used to make sweets, desserts and ice cream. Lucuma favors digestive well-being and contains large amounts of antioxidants, including beta-carotenes, these are precursors of vitamin A, essential for cellular health and responsible for stimulating the repair of cell damage and growth of new cells.
Lucuma powder can be used as a substitute for sugar in pies, cakes, and other desserts or baked goods.
Its texture is comparable to granulated sugar, but its taste is more similar to that of brown sugar. You can use a 1:2 ratio by volume to substitute brown sugar for Lucuma. For instance, use 1 cup of Lucuma for each 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
Still, you may need to experiment a little, as it may not work the same for all recipes.
Lucuma is also a popular flavoring for dishes like ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, and smoothies to provide a hint of natural sweetness sure to please adults and children alike.
Some of the other fantastic benefits of Lucuma powder include:
- Contains less sugar but more nutrients than sugar.
- Contains a variety of antioxidants.
- Lucuma is also packed with vitamin C.
With a shape similar to that of avocado, hard green skin, and fleshy and sweet pulp with a yellowish hue, it has a flavor reminiscent of caramel.
The year we started producing superfoods, we founded Happy Little Faces, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for impoverished children in our local community of Lima, Peru. In 2010, we built a kindergarten from scratch, providing free education, lunches, and extra-curricular activities for local children who would otherwise not have these opportunities.
We are proud to say that our initiative has grown successfully in Lima. We thank you for being a large part of our growth as an organization, and for helping the local communities of Peru.
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