Lucuma, The andean fruit rich in beta-carotene

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Lucuma: Origins

Lucuma (Pouteria lucuma or obata) is a native fruit of the Andean valleys of Peru, Ecuador and northern Chile. Chroniclers and historian’s report of its abundance in Peru, having found images and molded ceramics of the Mochica culture these testimonies corroborate an ancient use as part of the diet of the people who settled in towns along the coast and highlands of the country. The oldest of them dating from the eighth millennium. C. in the region called Callejon de Huaylas in Ancash.

The Moche culture represents lucuma as part of its fascination with agricultural products. Its wood was used to build the sanctuary of Pachacamac where a truncated singular dimensions was carved as a totem figure and was found in 1938. Archaeological investigations locate their domestication in the valleys of the pre-Inca cultures, where the consumption of fruit and use of timber are widely documented in pictorial representations of Amerindian natives.

The zones that have increased production of lucuma in Peru are; Lima, Ayacucho, La Libertad, Cajamarca and Huancavelica.

The fruit is a globular berry, slightly flattened or somewhat elongated and its green or yellow and measures between 7 and 14 cm in diameter.

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Traditional use of lucuma

  • Energizing from its iron content, this mineral gives an important role in converting glucose into energy before it oxidizes.
  •  High in beta-carotene, essential for the efficiency of the immune system, reduce the risk of heart attacks, and transformed into vitamin A in the body.

  • Other important elements present are calcium and phosphorus.

  • Contains also, B3 or niacin, made responsible for removing toxins from our body and recommended for its benefits in people with depression. 
  • Furthermore, it is known for its powers to lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

Benefits of lucuma:

Beta-carotene
is rich in beta-carotene, an important source of vitamin A, which our bodies need for a better vision, and promote cell growth, and even help with the immune system. Beta carotene can protect us against other types of cancer, including esophageal cancer, liver, pancreas, colon, and rectum, prostate, ovarian and cervical cancer due to its antioxidant power.
It is a natural sweetener
Lúcuma can sweeten foods without adding sugar.
The lucuma is rich in iron
iron improves the transport of oxygen to the cells and is vital for pregnant women and a breast-feeding nutrient. Suitable levels of iron contribute to high energy levels.
Richest vegetable source of niacin (vitamin B3)
While most meat eaters get vitamin B3 chicken meat, vegetarians and vegans enjoy this vitamin by eating lúcuma, this nutrient helps digestion, muscle development and regulation of hormones and stress.
Food rich in fiber
This super fruit is full of fiber, it can help the digestive system to function properly, reducing constipation and bloating.

Side effects and contraindications of lucuma:

In the literature we have found no reports about contraindications to the use of lucuma, or possible drug interactions, its Safe use is demonstrated in their daily consumption of this delicious fruit since ancient times.

 

Instructions for use of lucuma:

Recommended Use:

It is used in making ice cream, yogurt and baked goods, jellies, desserts, cakes and sweets. It can be mixed with other fruits flour, to obtain an exotic and natural taste for multiple applications.

It’s an Ingredient for the food industry, confectionery, dairy products, food formulas, etc. Rehydrated with cold water in a 50/50 ratio by 2 to 3 hours before use.

 

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