Its my problem free philosophy, Lucuma Matata!
Que es Lucuma? It’s a funny sounding name that rhymes with Hakuna and inspires me to recite the entire first verse of Lion King every time I hear it. Lucuma is delicious fruit native to the Andean valleys of Peru, Ecuador, and Chile. My first encounter with this beauty was during my travels in Chile. The initial love connection was ignited due to its striking similarity to one of my favorite fruit crushes of all time, the avocado.
I fondly remember my first bite. Mmmm. I was sure my friend had soaked the fruit in maple syrup! It was oh so sweet and delectable. This is where it pays off to be curious and adventurous. I now had a new fruit to add to my repertoire, but living in the States would make it difficult to indulge in my new finding. Not anymore.
Enter: lucuma powder.
This ‘gold of the incas‘ as its referred to down South, has been around for centuries and is now primarily used to sweeten up baked goods and desserts. You can throw a pinch of lucuma in your smoothies, morning oatmeal and lattes as well! It’s an excellent low-glycemic alternative to sugar and even diabetic friendly. But lets not forget about its super power “ness.” Its been used to treat heart maladies (hypertension/blood pressure), heal skin conditions, balance hormones, and aid in digestion. It packs a strong punch of fiber, phosphorus, iron, beta-carotene (boosting eye health), calcium, protein, vital trace minerals and antioxidants.
In pure Fuddhist fashion, Lucuma benefits and nourishes the mind as well. Due to its high content of niacin (vitamin B3), it has been recently proven to help those with depression. It strengthens brain cells to adapt according to stress and workloads. It is good tonic for brain.
Turns out the song I was singing is a perfect match.
‘no worries, for the rest of your days.
It’s a problem free philosophy, Lucuma Matata!’