First of all….did you even know there was a lucuma tree? With lucuma fruit? Well, you’re in for a sweet treat!
Apparently, Lucuma trees are native to the highland tropics of the Andes mountains in South America. They are also the national fruit of Chile. Side note: USA does NOT have a national fruit, but some individual states do. You’re welcome.
And they’ve been around forEVER without my knowledge. They are also called, ‘egg fruit’ since the fruit has a dry flesh (think hard boiled egg yolk texture).
So here we have a fruit with a dry flesh and a taste that is sort of maple syrupy and sweet potato rolled into one! Some say it tastes like custard and a bit like pumpkin, but you will have to judge it for yourselves. You can purchase it HERE.
Benefits? How about beta carotene, 14 trace elements, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus…to name a few!
So what do we do with it? You can purchase lucuma powder and use it in baking cakes, cookies, pies and muffins. Lucuma powder can also be used to sweeten smoothies, yogurt, or just eat it raw! There are so many possibilities! It has a naturally sweet taste and does NOT increase your blood sugar levels!
Try this smoothie from Navitas Natural
J+C Detox Smoothie
afternoon pick me up
Need a lunch meal replacement or an afternoon pick me up? This is a Navitas office favorite.
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds (*for Chia Gel)
1 Cup Water (*for Chia Gel)
1 Cup frozen Mango
1 Cup Pineapple
1½ Cup Pineapple Orange Juice
1 Cup Almond Milk
½ Cup Coconut Water
1 Cup Green Mango Peach Green Tea (cooled)
1½ Cup Ice
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
*This recipe calls for ½ cup chia gel. Click here for the Basic Chia Gel recipe.
Blend ½ cup chia gel and remaining ingredients – enjoy!