Camu Camu is a vitamin C powerhouse from Amazonian Rain forest. Traditionally it was used by native people in a form of juice to ward of illness and maintain wellness and only recently become center of ongoing research to discover its benefit on our health.
Quinoa, the superstar “grain”, that’s not really a grain, but in fact a seed; jam packed with essential nutrients and in recent years rediscovered for its rare qualities and health benefits. Incas call it “CHISAYA MAMA”, or “MOTHER GRAIN”, as it has been a staple part of their diet for thousands of years and I am very grateful, that they share this wholesome food with us.
We all know cacao, eat it, crave it, indulge in it. Cacao, was considered to be Food of the Gods and valued so much that it served as a currency of ancient civilizations and source of endless energy of ancient warriors. On average US consume 11 lb 7 oz, or 16 kilograms in Australia, of chocolate per head, but how much we really know about cacao and its nutritional value and how do we know which chocolate is really good for us?
In the last few years Maca has become probably the best known and most used Peruvian super food. For its concentrated nutrition and adaptogenic properties it is very popular nutrient addition for healthy smoothies and raw energy snacks not just among raw foodists plus alike minded worshippers of healthy foods.
Lucuma, one of the Peruvian super foods is not as well know as rock-star of super foods Maca, but it is very deserving of our attention as it is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. Lacuma makes versatile and yummy gourmet ingredient for baked goods, raw desserts, ice creams and smoothies. It is an excellent and much healthier substitute for sugar or other sweetener substitutes.
What are super foods, why are they called super foods and what do they do for us? In the last few years more and more people are realizing that in order to stay healthy and energized they need to become responsible and take charge for their own health and well being. People from all walks of life are opening to natural healing, healthy alternatives, organic and live foods, herbs and of course are becoming more and more curious about the superfoods movement and its benefit.
Peru was always on our bucket list, the question was when and how we will make it happen and explore this intriguing country with its endless natural not just those marvelous megalithic beauties and ancient history.