Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. This low-glycemic sweetener contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Yellow lucuma powder has a unique, maple-like taste that’s a delight in a variety of recipes.
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Sweet Gold of the Incas
Lucuma was viewed in the ancient Peruvian cosmic vision as a symbol of fertility and creation. Traditionally known as the “Gold of the Incas”, the orange and yellow pulpy lucuma fruit (Pouteria obovata, or Lucuma obovata) has been found carved on ceramics discovered in archeological excavations of ancient burial sites in coastal Peru.
Celebrated in textiles, ceramics, art, and festivities, lucuma has been cherished for thousands of years. Today, its flavor as an ice cream is often favored over chocolate or vanilla in many countries. The lucuma fruit is naturally sweet, but low on the Glycemic Index, making it a healthy choice for individuals seeking to decrease their sugar consumption.
- How to use it
- Ice Cream
Product of Peru
Over 26 villages in Peru are named after the sweet delicious lucuma fruit. Our lucuma fruits are grown in the cool highlands of the Oxapampa region in the Peruvian Andes. The peaceful, fresh and lush green soils in the valley infuse the sweet fruit with nutrition and vitality. Swollen fruits naturally fall to the ground at maturity, ripening for several days until they're at peak flavor. After a patient wait, the fruits are peeled, pitted and dehydrated at low temperatures before being milled into a fine, whole-fruit powder. Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder contains no solvents, fillers or carriers, and is certified organic, kosher, vegan and raw.
- Micronutrient Lineup
- Beta carotene
Low Glycemic Sweetener
Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder is a healthy, delicious and low-sugar sweetener that also provides 14 essential trace minerals. Lucuma is a good source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, healthy carbohydrates, vitamins including beta-carotene, niacin and minerals including zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.
Low Glycemic Sweetener
Peru is home to incredible biological diversity and over 40 ethnic groups, resulting in a true treasure chest of valuable plants and deep knowledge. Lucuma is grown sustainably without the use of pesticides, and is intercropped with other plants to increase the benefits for farmers.
Several traditional and folk healing systems note the medicinal use of lucuma. It's a healthy low-sugar alternative that is safe for diabetics. It is also a good source of trace nutrients, antioxidants, and key micronutrients.
Lucuma Powder is a healthy food, not a miracle drug. These statements herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
- Health Properties
- Low Glycemic
Versatile Dessert Ingredient
Lucuma is a common and popular ice cream flavor in Peru. This favorite fruit of the Andes region is even fed to babies. Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder has an aromatic, sweet fragrance and full-bodied taste reminiscent of maple, which lends itself to a diverse array of applications. Add lucuma to beverages, smoothies, yogurt and cereal, or blend it into desserts and baked goods for a sweet and flavorful nutrition boost.
Lucuma Powder: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can you use Lucuma as a sugar substitute?
A: Although Lucuma can be described as sweet and flavorful, it is not the same as sugar. Lucuma has a unique taste and tends to enhance or compliment other flavors when mixed. You could consider it more of a unique flavoring rather than a sweetener. This superfruit has been milled in to a fine, silky powder and does not dissolve the same way that sugar does in beverages such as coffee or tea. Our website is an excellent place to find recipes and different ways to integrate this amazing superfood into your diet and lifestyle.