The lúcuma (or pouteria lucuma) grows best at altitudes above 1,000 up to 2400 meters in the coastal Andean valleys of Peru, Chile and Ecuador. Due to its high nutritional value, it was once referred as the Gold of the Incas and it has been an important crop since ancestral times. This is proven by the many ceramic remains from the Moche and later Inca cultures.
This starchy fruit is high in iron, niacin or vitamin B3, carotenoids, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Lucuma powder can be easily added to smoothies or used in desserts such as puddings, creams, cakes, cookie, etc…
Dried Organic Lucuma Powder
The bulk of the Lucuma production is found in dehydrated form with only a small percentage reaching the local markets to be consumed fresh. Once dehydrated, the lucuma powder (or flour) is mainly sold as flavoring for ice creams and nutritional supplement.