This Sweetener is a Natural Sugar
Natural sugars are found naturally in foods such as fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose) and some vegetables. Lucuma is a fruit native to South America. Lucuma is dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder.
It’s a Complex Carbohydrate
Complex carbohydrates, such as the starches and fiber, make up most of the carbohydrates in lucuma powder. They have been shown to help manage blood sugar spikes after eating. Complex carbohydrates pack in more nutrients than simple carbohydrates.
Inside and Out
Lucuma powder has a sweet, caramel taste; similar to maple, butterscotch, or brown sugar. It’s fiber is an indigestible sugar. They go to your large intestine, where they are fermented by the good bacteria in your gut. This process produces short-chain fatty acids that keep the lining of your gut healthy. Since the fiber is not digested, it doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar.
Put it to Good Use
Lucuma powder is about half as sweet as table sugar. You may need to blend with another sweetener to your recipe sweeter. You can use it for pies, tarts, yogurts, milk shakes, ice cream, sauces and alcoholic beverages. You can put lucuma powder in coffee to give it a sweet caramel flavor.