DO LUCUMA POWDER AND YACON SYRUP EXIST EAST OF THE HUDSON?
I’ve been hearing about lucuma powder and yacon syrup, which seem to be the new agave nectar, i.e., the latest and greatest sweeteners. The first I heard of them was in an Ani Phyo recipe on video.
Lucuma powder and yacon syrup are, in fact, (believe it or not!), available in New York City. I have personally proven that fact today. Never mind that, as nearly as I know, only one store in the entire city stocks these items. I did not go to Whole Foods because I did not want the frustration (I cannot even find a definite answer about yacon syrup at Whole Foods online… there is a picture, but no guarantee that it will be in the store). I checked at Integral Yoga Foods, and I even checked at Fairway, which usually has the latest and the greatest — but no…….
I finally found lucuma powder and yacon syrup at Westerly Marketway back in the back by the “deli counter”. I had gone to about six other stores in the City, which werelisted on the Navitas Naturals website, but had not found any Navitas Naturals products of any kind, when I cast my lot with Westerly. Next time, I will go to Westerly first. They seem to be in tune with what’s going on (and they also have a formidable selection of ready-made raw food dishes!!!! (I drooled over the raw “not-salmon”salad sandwich today, but I was not hungry, so I did not buy one).
If you, like I, must find these products come hell or high water, then go online. RawGuru lists both products at competitive prices (the lucuma powder is the same price I paid in town, and the yacon syrup is cheaper – okay, you have to pay shipping, but….). Raw Food World also has these products at competitive prices.
I’m excited to have the lucumi powder (I also bought raw goji berries — they are even soft!– while I as at Westerly). I will have to experiment with it, but I am happy that it has some nutritional value to add to what I make.
My next quest will be to find out how to convert recipes with agave syrup to lucumi powder. What fun!
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Whole Foods at Columbus Circle carries Navitas Yacon Syrup but in an obscure spot of course/ no one in the store even knows they carry it or what it is which is a common occurrence with Whole Foods on the East Coast. It's in the back of the supplements section (odd spot?). I am working on trying to get the new Whole Foods on West 97th/ Columbus to carry it too.l..
Why is Whole Foods in NY so behind California? My brother always tells me about the latest amazing products they carry in Cali and when I call Whole Foods to request they order it- they never even know what I"m talking about .. or cant order the product.!! it's so frustrating!
Just to share- a yummy raw dessert recipe with yacon syrup is something I found on the web- it's "raw cookie dough" (well not exactly but it's good enough for me!- it's just Yacon Syrup, Tahini and raw cacao nibs (if you can tolerate them! they make me near manic!). Without the cacao- it tastes like Halvah (I'm happy b/c i dont eat sugar so it's a great treat!).