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Ask the Chef: What Makes Lucuma So Great in Fall Recipes?

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Oct 17, 2016 5:31:46 AM

If you look at enough superfood recipes around this time of year, you may notice an unexpected reoccurring theme: lucuma powder. I can affirm: this sweet South American fruit powder gets moved to the very front of my kitchen cabinet in the fall and winter, because I find myself always wanting to use it. Here's why I consider lucuma an absolute staple for the fall:

It's a baker's dream.
Like to bake? Lucuma feels you. Although it's not as sweet as sugar, lucuma does add some low-glycemic sweetening power to your recipes, which means you can cut down on the total amount of sugar you use. Plus, its soft maple-like flavor makes everything taste extra good: from cookies, to cakes, to sweet breads. To keep baked recipes consistent in texture, try substituting a few tablespoons of flour called for in the recipe with lucuma instead, then reducing the sugar content in a similar or slightly lesser amount. (Example: a recipe calling for 2 cups flour + 1 cup sugar could become 1 2/3 cup flour + 1/3 cup lucuma powder + ¾ cup sugar).

It goes GREAT with all that squash.
Even more than colorful leaves and sweaters, the real hero of fall (imho) is SQUASH. Pumpkin, butternut, kabocha, delecata, acorn,… YOU NAME IT. Cooking with squash is essence of fall cuisine, and lucuma couldn't support this food flavor-wise any better! You see, even though lucuma is a fruit, it has a delightful flavor that errs more on the side of a very sweet yam with notes of maple. For this reason, it doesn't take much imagination to understand why adding lucuma powder to your squash dishes would enhance their sweetness while making them extra flavorful! Try adding lucuma powder to squash purees, squash soups, squash desserts, and even squash drinks.

It makes the ultimate seasonal drink.
Again, it's all about that lovely lucuma flavor. If you're a fan of pumpkin lattes, pie-tasting smoothies, or even spiked creamy drinks like eggnog, lucuma is an easy add. Again helping to cut down on sugar and add sweet creamy flavor, lucuma blends extremely well with all types of milks (I LOVE lucuma with macadamia milk!), and plays well with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Once you start using lucuma in your creamy warm and cool creamy drinks, you'll wonder how you ever make delicious food without it!

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