Another added to the long list of super foods that are consumed for a myriad of health conditions and maintannce over the world, Pouteria lucuma also known as Lucuma is a fruit that is abundant source of minerals, fiber, phenolics, β-carotene and niacin. The fruit is commonly consumed in regions like Chile and Peru, though being well-known in various regions, and majorly used in bakery product, ice creams and preservatives. The tree of the lucuma fruit is certifiably not a tropical one, rather it develops at temperate rises in dry locations. Local to Peru, it is a most loved flavor of ice cream. The major part of the fruit is used in frozen or dehydrated form as the fruit has a soft fleshy layer that is easily damaged, thereby making transportation troublesome. Lúcuma has been found at burial sites on ceramics of the native individuals of Peru. Individuals hailing from the Moche culture had an interest with farming and regularly represented vegetables and fruits, including lúcuma, in their specialty and art. Endeavors at developing lúcuma in Florida's atmosphere commonly fail. Apart from Peru, the fruit is cultivated additionally to a restricted degree in Costa Rica and Bolivia. In Peru, the season for harvesting is from October to March and from June to November in Chile. The fruit exhibits a dry texture when it is consumed in raw form. It is majorly utilized as a flavor in milk shakes, juice, and particularly in ice creams in the region Peru. The unique flavor of the fruit has been portrayed differently as being like maple syrup, sweet potato or butterscotch.
As per ancient records, lucuma fruit was utilized to boost digestion and for skin health. Recent developments have demonstrated that lucuma oil is useful for supporting injury recuperating by empowering the enactment of mending factors inside the skin. Lucuma was additionally utilized over the years to boost cardiovascular wellbeing. Studies demonstrate that lucuma has powerful ACE inhibitory activities in vitro, perhaps diminishing the impacts related with hypertension.
The pulp of the Lúcuma fruit contains 64-72% content of moisture. The pulp likewise consists of sugars like inositol, sucrose, glucose and fructose; and acids such as succinic and citric acid. Nonetheless, just constrained healthful data is accessible for lúcuma powder, demonstrating moderate substance of protein and iron, each giving 14% of the Daily Value in a 100 gram serving which contains 420 calories.