Here at The Good Life, we're all about adding a little superfood *oomph* to our favorite dishes, whether its with a pinch of turmeric or a dash of matcha powder. Which is why we were so excited to learn about lucuma, the new brightly colored superfood powder in town. Largely celebrated in ancient Incan culture, the fruit's got a one-of-a-kind flavor and a gorgeous gold color — and we can guarantee you're going to want to add it to just about everything you eat.
It's kind of like a sweet potato and an avocado had a baby. 😍
Lucuma, a gold-colored fruit hailing from South America, is taking over the superfood scene. But what is it, exactly? Well, its color, texture, and sweetness are very similar to that of a sweet potato, but as a fruit with a big round pit, lucuma is also a little bit like an avocado. (So it's basically two of our favorite foods turned into one.)
It tastes a lot like a candied yam, which makes it a great sweetener and sugar substitute.
When describing the flavor of lucuma, many people often use the words "maple" and "caramel." Add in the sweet potato-like texture, and you've got a fruit that basically tastes like a candied yam. For that reason it makes a great sweetener, both in its whole fruit and powdered forms — POPSUGAR reports it can be subbed in for sugar in just about any dessert recipe.
It's PACKED with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
According to POPSUGAR, lucuma has more than earned its superfood title. Even though it tastes sweet, it has a relatively low glycemic index — and it's rich in antioxidants, zinc, iron, beta carotene, fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and niacin (aka vitamin B3). Say that five times fast!
It's great in E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-NG.
First, the bad news: It's not easy to find lucuma outside of South America, so the chances of anyone in the United States getting their hands on an actual whole lucuma fruit is slim to none. The good news: Lucuma powder (which you can buy right here on Amazon) is just as good in anything and everything that could use a touch of healthy sweetness. Just add a scoop or two to your favorite smoothies, protein shakes, baked goods, and homemade ice creams or custards, and you'll see what we mean. Yum!