Lucuma Powder - Raw Organic

Nutrient-rich ancient super-food with a mild sweetness

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  • Lucuma plantation in highlands Peru
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  • Organic Certified
  • Gluten - Free
  • Cane sugar - Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Low-GI
  • Vegan
  • GMO Free
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Botanical Name: Lucuma obovata

Gold of the Incas from the highlands of Peru

The Subtropical fruit Lúcuma (also known as “Gold of the Incas”) which is native to the Andean valleys of Peru, is an ancient super-food which can be traced back 8000 BC  to a place called “Callejon de Huaylas in Ancash, Peru, where the culture Moche resided. There have been archaeological discoveries of art portraying Lucma in the shape of ceramics, sculptures and knitting’s from Pre-Incas civilizations such as the Moche and Nazca.

The delicious subtropical fruit is rich in antioxidants and has many beneficial properties including, high levels of carotene, fibre, vitamins, minerals vitamin B3, and other B vitamins.
It is well known for its sweet maple flavour and low sugar content. It is highly sought after around the globe by chefs to add the final touch or for the base of their recipe.

Lucuma is tremendously versatile and mixes very well with many dishes and foods such as cakes, ice creams, drinks, shakes, baked goods and many others. Your imagination is the limit!

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Lucuma (Pouteria obovata/Lucuma obovata), also known as ‘egg-fruit’, has been consumed since time immemorial in Peru. It was first seen and reported by Europeans in the Chinchasuyu region of the Inca Empire in 1531. The Moche culture represented Lucuma in its art, as part of their fascination of the agricultural product.

Lucuma is a versatile food that can be prepared in many ways and can also be used as a sweetener. Its main claim to fame is the tropical, exotic flavor, used in many drinks and in ice cream. On top of being a versatile and flavorful food of high nutritional value,

Nutritional Properties
Lucuma is rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids, iron, fiber, carbohydrates, and niacin (Vitamin B-3). It naturally contains glucose, fructose, sucrose and inositol, which are key components for the appropriate functioning of the body. Niacin (Vitamin B-3) is useful in protein metabolism and for corporal energy. Niacin stimulates the proper functioning of the nervous system (a nervous system tonic). The Niacin (B-3) will aid cholesterol- and triglycerides-balance in the blood, aiding in preventing obesity and promoting cardiovascular health. By producing histamine, capable of blood vessel dilation, Niacin can prevent atherosclerosis. It is also great for oxidation reduction.

The carotene content, a good antioxidant, will aid in aging and eyesight conditions. It also helps to strength the immune system, is a radical scavenger and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The iron content can aid the hemoglobin in red blood cells, preventing anemia and helping the immune system. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the US and the world. The fiber content will aid the digestive process, speeding up the food transit and reducing absorption of toxins, thus avoiding constipation. It is also an aid in reducing cholesterol.

Lately there has been a lot of research about the Lucuma oil’s wound healing and anti-aging abilities, as it may promote skin regeneration. It is a great food for sport practitioners due to its tissue healing abilities.

References:

[1] Wound healing properties of nut oil from Pouteria lucuma, Journal of cosmetic dermatology Sep2010;9(3):185-195. Leonel E.Rojo, Phd, Caren m. Villano, PhD, Ilya Raskin, PhD

[2] Boleti APA, Ventura CA, Justo GZ, Silva RA, de Sousa ACT, Ferreira CV, Yano T, Macedo MLR 2008. Pouterin, a novel potential cytotoxic lectin-like protein with apoptosis-inducing activity in tumorigenic mammalian cells. Toxicon 51: 1321-1330. Oregon state university, Linus Pauling institute, micronutrient information center. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, first edition 1995, Thomas Bartram, pgs. 183 Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia, vol.19 no.2a Joao Pessoa Apr./June2009.

[3] wiki.sumaqperu.com/es/Lúcuma

[4] www.monografias.com › Agricultura y Ganadería/lúcuma

[5] www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Formulation-Science/lucuma

lucuma growers in Peru

Native to the high mountains of Peru, Lucuma obovata is harvested once a year. The fruits are round and green with the inside a sweet orange pulp with high nutrient content.

The Lucuma flesh is dehydrated at low temperature and then ground into a fine powder.

Lucuma Powder Nutrition Table Per Serve (10g) Per 100g
Energy 137.7kJ 1377kJ
Protein 0.14g 1.4g
Fat-total 0.24g 2.4g
   - saturated 0g 0g
Carbohydrate 8.7g 87g
   - sugars 1.5g 14.8g
 Sodium 5mg 50mg

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Is Lucuma a raw food?

Yes, Our lucuma is obtained from fresh pulp. The fruit is peeled, pitted, washed and the pulp is dehydrated at low temperature, below 35deg. The dry pulp is then pulverized and packed.

 


Can Lucuma powder be used in baking?

Yes, mix with your favorite flour and bake. Lucuma powder will add nutrients to your baking and also add a mild sweetness.

Packing Presentations

This product is available in the following packing presentations:


CODE DESCRIPTION UNIT SIZE U/BOX
LUCU-000250 LUCUMA POWDER 250G (COMMING SOON) 250G 20
LUCU-005000 LUCMA POWDER 5KG BULK 5KG EA

Presentations

Lucuma Powder - (available soon)

250g

Lucuma Powder - Raw Organic

5Kg bulk

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lucuma growers

Mature freshly picked Lucuma fruits from this season harvest. Lucuma is harvested from trees growing in the high plains of Peru. The Lucuma fruit is green on the outside but orange in the inside.

  • November 2014

A group of local farmers forming cooperative cultivates this fruit from several generations back and now has received training and assistance to meet international organic certification standards.

high mountains of Peru where Lucuma is cultivated

Beautiful highlands of Peru where Lucuma grows natively. Lucuma is harvested once a year from October to February.

  • November 2014

Lucuma fruit is dehydrated and pulverized to form a fine powder that can be added to flavour and sweeten ice cream, milkshakes, pudding and other desserts. It is a favorite mild sweetener amongst raw foodists with a mild sweetness that resembles maple syrup.