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Beth1949 69F
4134 posts
7/17/2017 9:28 am

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9/22/2017 7:34 am


Beloved by the Incas, lucuma is a super nutritious Peruvian fruit that contains beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. Its maple-like taste makes it a sweet addition to smoothies, baked goods, and even ice cream. Viewed as a symbol of fertility and creation, lucuma was called the “Gold of the Incas” and was used for a variety of applications. Recent research shows that lucuma is helpful for supporting skin health, blood sugar, cardiovascular health and diabetes. Native to Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and Costa Rica.

Lucuma in its whole form looks similar to an avocado, with a green exterior covering the sweet, soft fruit. The flesh is yellow and has a texture that is slightly reminiscent to that of a boiled egg yolk. Many people say the taste of lucuma reminds them of a cross between caramel and a sweet potato. While it does contain a mellow sweetness, it’s low on the glycemic scale and typically suitable for diabetics.

Often, lucuma is sold in a powdered form, perfect for adding to smoothies or baking recipes. Its soft taste and gentle aroma enhances most foods without directly influencing or impairing the overall taste of the recipe. Lucuma is grown sustainably in this region without the use of pesticides and is intercropped with other plants to provide a wider benefit for farmers.

Health Benefits
In ancient records, lucuma fruit was said to be used to support skin health and digestion. Recent studies have shown that lucuma oil may be helpful for supporting wound healing by encouraging the activation of healing factors within the skin.

Lucuma was also used throughout the centuries to support cardiovascular health, and research seems to agree. Studies show that lucuma has potent ACE inhibitory activities in vitro, possibly decreasing the effects associated with hypertension. Lucuma may also support normal blood sugar, giving researchers hope for finding additional nutritional support for those with type II diabetes. These results point to the excellent potential of Peruvian fruits as food-based strategies for blood sugar and blood pressure issues.

One Final Thought
Lucuma powder can be added to your morning smoothies or juices and can also be added to your dessert recipes as a natural sweetener. Many natural herbal supplements contain lucuma combined with other important herbs. Lucuma has been introduced to many other countries of the world, providing there is enough sun, rain or humidity. Mostly in tropical countries and we do have it in my country.
Thank you so much for your read, I hope these info would help you know more about Lucuma fruits.
Wishing you all my best,

Beth1949 69F
2663 posts
7/17/2017 9:36 am

A fruit which is not so common but has good benefits. Whenever it's the season here, I always buy a few and enjoy Lucuma fruits.

hiramhankwilliam 94M
2308 posts
7/17/2017 11:16 am

beth ty for interesting blog. I will search for it here. being and older man I need all the help I cant hahah. I love fruit of all kind. some fruits not native here are pricey.
enjoy your week


starwomyn 64F
5426 posts
7/17/2017 1:05 pm

I've worked in Produce but have never seen this one. Looks good.

C'est la vie

earthytaurus3 78F
37246 posts
7/17/2017 2:41 pm

Thanks for still another informative blog, Beth. I, like others here, was not aware of Lucuma until now.

Beth1949 69F
2663 posts
7/17/2017 8:33 pm

Hank, hi and welcome again,

It's great reading from you again on here. Thanks so much for your visit, your nice comments and your appreciation of my above blog, which I was keen to post as this uncommon fruit, the Lucuma, is not so well known as the other common fruits in the market but it has its benefits for the health and uses in many ways. That's what i wanted to inform my readers. In USA, it can be found fresh as well but a bit rare and not in every state. You may easily find it in powder form in groceries or pharmacy. Of course the fresh ones are far better but one can do with whatever he can find out of it. Thanks Hank, I wish you all my best for this enfolding week. God bkess.

Beth1949 69F
2663 posts
7/17/2017 8:48 pm

Starwomyn dear, hi and welcome again,

Always nice reading from you on my blogs, am so pleased for your visit and your nice comments. Thank you for your interest as well. It's also a chance for you to see Lucuma fruits in their form and fresh. There are two type of Lucuma in the Andes , the avocado shapes and the round shapes. Both have the same benefits and taste when ripe as you can see on the above photos. Thank you once more for your appreciation of this blog. Have a nice day Starwomyn, My kind regards to you and your family.

Beth1949 69F
2663 posts
7/17/2017 8:59 pm

Earthytaurus my dear friend, hi and welcome,

Am so happy reading from you on my blogs as usual ET. You're always welcome and thank you for your visit and comments left above. Am also happy that you've got an insight of this fruit which is has many other fruits, good benefits for our health. Thank you for your appreciation ET. Have a nice day.

hermitinthecity 64M
1440 posts
7/18/2017 12:33 am

I've never heard of it before. Thanks for the info. Will see if it's available in this country. I love mangoes, papaya, avocados etc though I have no idea what it tastes like. You've made me curious.

Judgment Day will be interesting - and all paths lead there.

Beth1949 69F
2663 posts
7/18/2017 3:44 am

Hermit, hi and welcome,

Glad for your visit and your nice above comments. Hermit, as you see on the photos, and the info also, this fruit is a rare one, a rare type type of fruit which is not so common in every country. It originates from South America, mostly in the Andes and special for the Incas since ages. But it has so much benefits for the health and its uses in different ways. That's why I've posted this blog on it, Lucuma fruit, we have it in my country, introduced very long time ago but it is a seasonal fruit and sold in the markets. If you can find it in yours, you should try it as its taste is different and not common also. Thanks for your visit which I've appreciated very much. Hope reading from you again. Enjoy a nice day/night. Kind regards,

8710 posts
7/18/2017 4:43 pm

Hi Lisa. Hope you're feeling better.
The second picture right is similar to one we have, called Zapote.
Zapote (Nahuatl) is the name used for several tropical fruits with numerous properties and health benefits, common in Mesoamerica and in the northern portion of South America.
Thanks for the info.

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.(Khalil Gibran)

Beth1949 69F
2663 posts
7/19/2017 9:24 am

Lucy, my dear Lady, hello and welcome,

As usual your beautiful and sincere smile enchant my blogs and your presence and wonderful comments are very much appreciated. Thank you my dear Lucy for your above info too and am pleased that you like this blog of mine. Enjoy a nice day my dear friend. With my warm regards.

xinghowoo1 54M
39 posts
7/30/2017 9:40 am

Ms Beth, I read your blogs frequently and I'm stunned by each of your topics. They are so well written and very informative. I've learned a lot through them. Thank you Lady Beth for such instructive share to all of us. You are really a genius.