Friday, February 4, 2011

Enlightened by Lucuma

Today I had one of my food orgasms. I was on my way to university when I passed Vantra on SoHo Street and stopped to get a take away "coffee". I decided to go for a cream latte made on oat milk, soy and coconut cream, palm sugar and lucuma powder. Oh My God.

It wasn't just like having a foodgasm, it was like having bags of golden cake mix dancing around in my mouth with the music on really loud. It was wonderful. I actually had to stop in the middle of Oxford Street and just sip and enjoy.

Now, some of you might be thinking: What exactly is Lucuma?

Lucuma is a yellow fruit which grows on a high altitude in Peru and Chile, preferably on the mountain tops. It has a wonderful smell and has actually been described as tasting like "maple-syrup flavoured ice-cream" - in fact, it is the most popular ice-cream taste in Peru! In Latin America it is known as the "Gold of the Incas", and it has loads of beta-carotene, niacin (Vitamin B3)and iron.
You can find out more information about its nutritional value and history here.

I can't really describe the taste more than saying it's like eating precious angel wings so just go and try it for yourself.


Lorax Community Project said...

Great post, and you're not kidding. I remember the first time I tried Lucuma. It's amazing, and I had to start putting it in everything...

I suppose we'll eventually have find an excuse for a trip to Peru, so as to check it out in it's local, unchanged form.


C.C said...

Hi! I know, the taste is crazy!
And I too wish to some day bite into a real piece of fresh Lucuma from the mountains in Peru! Thanks for reading!

Take Care!/ C.C