Lucuma, The Things You Make Me Do

One of my favorite things to do is peruse through grocery stores and markets to see what’s different or new. “Hmm… what haven’t I tried?”

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At the Latin grocery store near me I found frozen lucuma. I’ve had lucuma before, but only in powder form… I’ve been curious about the fruit ever since though. So I figure this is the next best thing to the actual thing! After letting it sit in my freezer for far too long (I’m not even going to share how long, note to self: the freezer is not a time capsule) I decided to thaw it out, and make something.

 

 What is lucuma?

Well, I’m not an expert, but I do know that lucuma hails from Peru (the Andean region in general)… where one of my best friends come from! It’s also got this natural sweetness that lends itself well to things like cakes, ice cream, smoothies and ohhh ice cream! Also pairs nicely with chocolate and vanilla. But lately I’ve been gravitating towards the idea of keeping things simple. It helps me get in touch with natural flavors, as well as being gentle on my digestion.

I often search for recipes on the Internet using new-to-me ingredients/foods, and use that as inspiration–a launching pad, if you will. Or sometimes I will remember something off the menu of a restaurant, or a story someone told me (my favorite way). For this one I headed to Google, searched, came up with my own thing, and bookmarked a few for “next time”.

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This is obviously not everyone’s lifestyle of choice over there, but imagine living off the land…

 

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Lucuma Pudding
Simple and tropical, sweet goodness coming from fruit! Lucuma was viewed in the ancient Peruvian cosmic vision as a symbol of fertility and creation. Traditionally known as the “Gold of the Incas”. This dish has a consistency blend between yogurt and pudding.
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210 calories
54 g
0 g
1 g
3 g
0 g
473 g
2 g
29 g
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0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
473g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 54g
18%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 29g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
34%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 400 g lucuma (I used the frozen pulp)
  2. 2 frozen bananas
  3. Coconut milk, or other milk works fine (optional)
Chia Gel (optional)
  1. 2 tbl chia seeds
  2. 1 cup filtered water
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients in the blenders, sans coconut milk and turn on 'high' speed.
  2. If it doesn't puree smoothly, add a bit of coconut milk or whichever milk you have on hand. A splash at a time.
Chia Gel
  1. Mix together chia and water. Let chia stand for 15 to 30 minutes, stirring with a whisk to prevent clumping.
  2. Gel can be used as a thickener in raw soups, fruit smoothies and fresh jams.
Notes
  1. For the chia gel, the seeds have an incredible ability to absorb up to 9 times its weight in water. For a thicker or thinner gel, adjust the water accordingly.
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calories
210
fat
1g
protein
3g
carbs
54g
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After I made the recipe I decided that it needed some more texture for my tastes, so I soaked some chia seeds and mixed them in.

Note: it’s important to soak chia seeds beforehand if you’re going to consume them so they don’t soak up your own internal fluids. The idea is that they be carriers of extra hydration by being soaked in water beforehand + supposedly can help stimulate peristalsis (the wave-like muscle contraction in your digestive system that aids with resulting bowel movement). 

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