Superfood Spotlight – Lucuma
When we have been to events with our products, we have been asked by quite a few people what Lucuma actually is. So, before we tell you why it’s pretty darn super, here is a bit of background on this special fruit!
Lucuma, full name Pouteria Lucuma, is a fruit grown in hotter climates, commonly found in Puru. The fruit can look similar to a large avocado with a green outer skin. It has orange flesh inside and this is what makes the lucuma powder that you find in our products. The fruit has been eaten for centuries for its great nutritional content and health properties. High in antioxidants and minerals, it is a great way to add extra nutrition in to your diet.
Today we know that the fruit contains a whole host of benefits both internally and externally! This fab little fruit has been found to promote skin regeneration and angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels) and therefore may have potential for use in skin care and medicine. Pretty super for a fruit.
One study looking in to the use of fruits such as lucuma on infections of the reproductive tract, complications after childbirth, and reproductive problems, found evidence that support benefits of eating this fruit in relation to these problems.
So to quote an old phone advert, ‘the futures bright…the futures orange’.
You’ll find lucuma in all of our superfood brownies!
Rojo LE et al (2010) Wound-healing properties of nut oil from Pouteria lucuma. J Cosmet Dermatol 9(3):185–195
Evaluation of antihyperglycemia and antihypertension potential of native Peruvian fruits using in vitro models (Pinto Mda S1, Ranilla LG, Apostolidis E, Lajolo FM, Genovese MI, Shetty K.
Medicinal plants used in Northern Peru for reproductive problems and female health (Rainer W BussmannEmail author and Ashley Glenn)