Leki ma’s hometown

Leki ma (chicken egg tree), scientific name is Pouteria lucuma, belongs to Sapotaceae family, is the name of a fruit tree native to the Andes mountains, South America. Although it is a fruit, the interesting thing is that if there is a cross between an avocado and a sweet potato, the result will be an egg. This soft and sweet subtropical fruit is also known as the “gold of the Incas” – an Indian people in South America. The Incas loved this fruit very much and called it “the tree of life”.

Green leek has a hard shell, pale yellow, when ripe, turns orange-yellow, the fruit is soft, sweet, and friable like the yolk of a boiled egg (so it is also called a chicken egg).

Leki ma can be eaten fresh or processed into a powder form (can be preserved for 1 year), used to add to cakes, ice cream, milkshakes, salads, smoothies,… and desserts named is Dulce de leche in Peru and Chile. The flavor of Le ki ma is a blend of caramel and pumpkin, but a bit drier.

Health benefits of Leki ma

Leki ma is a fruit with a low glycemic index (GI index) (2g natural sugar per 11g carbohydrate).

This is great news for those intending to lose weight. In addition, leek ma is called a “superfood” because it is a powerful source of antioxidants.

The fruit contains many vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, beta carotene, fiber, potassium,… especially niacin (vitamin B3). Niacin has been proven to help reduce bad LDL cholesterol, increase good HDL cholesterol, support the treatment of type 1 diabetes, obesity, prevent cardiovascular disease, stimulate the activity of the nervous system, fight depression. Vitamin B3 is mainly found in fish and meat, so eggs are an alternative for vegetarians or vegans.

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A study conducted in 2010 discovered that leek ma has strong antioxidant capabilities for the skin, and has anti-inflammatory and tissue-regenerating abilities.

In Vietnam, Le ki ma is grown in many places and bears fruit all year round, with such great benefits why not try adding this super nutritious fruit to your menu. But note that no matter how good, you should eat a lot of one type of food.

With every serving of fresh or powdered fruit, you also get a great dose of B vitamins – especially vitamins B3 (13% of your RDA) and B1 (12% of your RDA). Eggs provide a dose of soluble and insoluble fiber to help avoid constipation and aid digestion.