Lucuma

Lucuma is a tropical fruit native to South America. Its caramel flavour means it is often used in juices, milks, ice creams and as a sweetener, and also a base ingredient for many native dishes. Lucuma is a good source of iron, potassium and zinc.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Potassium
  • Maintains nervous system health
  • Maintains normal muscle function
  • Maintains normal blood pressure
Iron
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Aids in the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Contributes to red blood cell and haemoglobin formation and the transport of oxygen around the body
  • Contributes to normal immune system function
  • Helps maintain normal cognitive function
Zinc
  • Metabolism of macronutrient, fatty acids and vitamin A
  • DNA and protein synthesis
  • Maintenance of normal bones, nails, hair and skin
  • Prevention of cell damage by oxidative stress
  • Functioning of the immune system
  • Contributes to normal fertility and reproduction

 

Risks and Side Effects

There are no noted health risks or side effects

 

Uses

Lucuma should be consumed as part of a balanced diet
Lucuma can be used in drinks, smoothies, baking and as a sweetener

 

Lucuma products we have available can be found here.

 Recipes using lucuma can be found here.

 

Photo: My New Roots