- Berries & Fruits
Lucuma is a fruit native to the Andean region of South America, particularly Peru. It is also known as the "Gold of the Incas" and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Lucuma fruit has a unique flavor that is often described as a combination of sweet potato, maple syrup, and butterscotch. The fruit is round or oval-shaped, with a green exterior and a bright orange or yellow flesh.
Lucuma is a nutrient-dense fruit, rich in essential vitamins (niacin, beta-carotene, and vitamin C) and minerals (iron, calcium, and potassium). These nutrients support energy production, immune system function, and bone health. With its abundance of carotenoids and polyphenols, lucuma is believed to possess antioxidant properties that help protect against oxidative stress and related health issues. Additionally, its low glycemic index makes lucuma a suitable alternative sweetener for managing blood sugar levels and promoting healthier sweetening options.
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