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Exotic Wonder Fruit: A Healthy Sweetener Alternative

Exotic Wonder Fruit: A Healthy Sweetener Alternative

Dec 9th 2013

A Mineral-Rich Sweetener with an Exotic Flavor

Lucuma fruitIn the Andean regions of South America there grows an exotic fruit that was once known as the “Gold of the Incas.” This delicious fruit is called lucuma, and in places like Peru, Ecuador and Chile, it’s a top flavor, right up there with chocolate and vanilla. The taste of lucuma is incredibly unique, with rich essences of maple, custard and caramel.

When winter settles in, we love to enjoy this subtropical fruit in a creamy, tasty holiday drink – Lucuma Eggnog! Scroll down for the recipe and wow your guests with this easy-to-make traditional beverage with an exotic twist.

Beyond Flavor: What Else Does Lucuma Do for You?

One tablespoon of lucuma gives you 20% of your daily recommended fiber, plus it’s got minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium! Its subtly sweet taste gives it potential as a healthy alternative sweetener. If you are conscious of higher glycemic sweeteners such as agave nectar or honey, lucuma is your dream come true. If you’re looking to add an exotic fruit flavor and light, fluffy texture to your recipes, lucuma is it!


“Wow! I really liked the taste of this lucuma powder! I found it creamy and custardy in flavor. I put some in my cashew milk smoothie with a bit of coconut sugar, and the taste reminded me of the crusty burnt sugar on top of a creme brulee. I made another and threw in a banana for added potassium, and the taste reminded me of bananas foster. I can't wait to try it with some raw cacao and see what THAT does…” – Elizabeth 



The Sunfood Difference™ 

Our raw, non-GMO, pesticide-free lucuma is made by drying the most ripe and flavorful fruits at a low temperature and then gently grinding them up into an easy-to-use powder. This process preserves the delicate flavors and nutritional qualities of lucuma.

Creative Ways to Use Lucuma

Lucuma’s gentle, sweet flavor makes it extremely versatile in many types of cuisines seeking rich maple and caramel tones. Lucuma makes an epic ice cream flavor and smoothie ingredient. We love using lucuma as a thickening agent or “flour” in raw food dishes, custards and puddings. The sweet flavor of lucuma makes it a favorable option as an alternative sweetener for those looking to avoid higher glycemic sweeteners. Lucuma goes great in desserts, but it can be used savory dishes as well. Try using it with coconut or root veggies to make a superfood soup.
Explore the endless possibilities of this amazing, exotic fruit!

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Try This Easy, Delicious Recipe!

This recipe is absolutely perfect for fall and the colder months of the year. Lucuma adds a rich caramel flavor, and the coconut sugar and vanilla powder round out the recipe. Creamy and delicious, you won’t miss your regular, less healthy version of eggnog. Make it for friends and family and enjoy!


1/2 cup lucuma powder
11/2 cups almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
3 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg + 1/4 tsp for garnish
1 tsp chia seeds, ground into powder 
dash of Kalahari or Himalayan Salt

Combine all ingredients into high speed blender. Adjust flavors as necessary and place in fridge to set for 15 minutes. Garnish with ground nutmeg and serve!

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