Green Origins Organic Lucama Powder is a good source of vitamins and minerals. Lucuma combines fibre with both protein and carbohydrate. It provides the fruit sugars glucose, fructose and sucrose, which are basic fuel for the human body.
Lucuma is the fruit of Pouteria lucuma, an evergreen tree that thrives in the Andean region of South America. It has long been a part of local diets, where it is prized for its flavour. However, it is also notably rich as a source of nutrition. It contains a good range of the carotene antioxidants and a wide spectrum of B vitamins. It is also rich in dietary fibre, which makes up 15% of its volume.
Lucuma is becoming popular for its lively and unique flavour, best described as a combination of caramel, butter and maple syrup. In South America the fruit is used widely as a flavouring in ice cream. The taste makes Lucuma a pleasant addition to yoghurt smoothies.
Green Origins raw Lucuma is organically grown on farms in the Pasco region of central Peru. The fruit is selected and cleaned by hand, before being washed and disinfected - again by organically-certified processes. It is manually peeled and the flesh of the fruit cut up, to be gently dried in hot air. The dried fruit is then milled before being packed.
Certified by the Soil Association, one of a handful of organic certification bodies in the UK. These are regulated in their turn by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). The role of the Soil Association is to ensure that all foods sold as organic are definably so. It does this by auditing every stage of the supply chain, through growth, export and processing. Soil Association certification – indicated by the Soil Association logo and the EU organic leaf symbol on our packaging – is a guarantee that our customers are purchasing an organic product. All organically-certified products must also carry a certification code on their packaging. For UK companies such as Green Origins this has the format GB-ORG-XX, XX indicating the certifying body. If this is not present, a product is not organic. The Soil Association code on our products is GB-ORG-05.