You may have seen something called Lucuma cropping up in a few of my recipes recently (every time I say it I end up singing Hakuna Matata… anyone else?!) If you’re wondering what it is, then wonder no longer.
It’s a superfood and one of my favourites at that. Anyone with eczema will be all too familiar with the many cuts, grazes and wounds that pattern the body; it’s the nature of the scratching beast. And sometimes healing isn’t all that quick as you’re constantly scratching, so there’s a lot of repair work for the human body to take on and the backlog must be huge. Quickly fed up with this vicious circle, I searched high and low for ways of speeding up the healing process naturally, and one of the foods that kept cropping up was Lucuma.
Lucuma is a type of fruit that originates from Peru. Being a superfood, Lucuma is a great source of a lot of good things… Vitamin B3, beta-carotene, iron, zinc, and magnesium, as well as being a source of fibre, carbohydrate and protein. It’s also said to be anti-inflammatory and an immune booster. Big tick from me…
It has been found to speed up wound healing and encourage skin regeneration. From my experience, it works. 100%.
I buy it in powder form and have a spoonful most days. With a slightly sweet caramel flavour - I add it to my morning smoothie. I also use it in baking, both raw and cooked, as I find I can then cut down on other sweeteners. It's available online and in health food shops.
Have you ever tried Lucuma? If so, how do you use it?