The lucuma fruit is dried and ground into lucuma powder. The fresh fruit is grown in the Andes region of South America. It is full of nutrients and is often used in the food of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. The light brown powder is now used worldwide as an alternative sweetener. The plant-based sweetener with a maple-like flavor has been called a “superfood.” It can be added to drinks, smoothies, desserts, and soups.
Lucuma fruit grows on trees called lucuma, which are only found in the lowlands of the Andes in Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.