Sunday, May 6, 2012

Loving Lucuma!

Lucuma, a tropical fruit native to Peru, is rich in iron, calcium, fiber, beta-carotene, and niacin.  Once hailed as the “Gold of the Incas,” it can be used in its dried powder form as a natural, low-sugar sweetener, and can be blended in smoothies, puddings, ice cream, and other desserts.  It can also be used as a flour in pastries and pies. 

Lucuma nut oil has been found to have wound-healing properties, and some Peruvian fruit such as lucuma have been shown to have potential anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive (high blood pressure) properties .
Lucumin, a substance obtained from the fruit seed, can help with diarrhea and in intermittent fevers, and has been found to have important antimicrobial, antimitotic (inhibits cell-division, which means it can be cancer-fighting), antibacterial, immunomodulatory (diminishes immune system responses, like asthma, allergies, AIDS, and various AI disorders) effects, as well as healing Seborrheic Dermatitis
Fresh lucuma is more difficult to find (you can always grow your own), but you can easily find dried or powdered lucuma at your local health store.

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Additional Sources

(1)  Canistel / Pouteria campechiana Baehni / Morton, J. 1987. Canistel. p. 402–405. In: Fruits of warm climates. Julia F. Morton, Miami, FL.
(2) 
Isolation and Evaluation of Antimitotic Activity of Phenolic Compounds from Pouteria campechiana Baehni. / Christina Hernandez et al / Philippine Journal of Science ISSN 0031-7683
(3) 
Analysis of Polyphenolic Antioxidants from the Fruits of Three Pouteria Species by Selected Ion Monitoring Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry / Juan Ma et al / J. Agric. Food Chem., 2004, 52 (19), pp 5873–5878 DOI: 10.1021/jf049950k
(4) 
Canistel / Pouteria campechiana Baehni / Morton, J. 1987. Canistel. p. 402–405. In: Fruits of warm climates. Julia F. Morton, Miami, FL.
(5) 
Isolation, Structure Elucidation and Antimicrobial Assay of Secondary Metabolites from Six Philippine Medicinal Plants / Consolacion Ragasa / De La Salle University, Manila

(6)  In vitro immunomodulatory effect of Pouteria cambodiana (Pierre ex Dubard) Baehni extract / A Manosroi, A Saraphanchotiwitthaya, J Manosroi / Journal of Ethnopharmacology 101 (2005) 90–94

1 comments:

Robert F said...

Sounds interesting. I'll have to try it. I wonder how difficult it would be to grow here in southern California.