Mesquite powder is dried and milled from Mesquite (also known as algarrobo) pods which are similar in size and shape of a green bean except they are red or yellow in colour. The wild deciduous Mesquite or Algarrobo trees can be found mainly in the deserts of northern Peru and had been praised a good source of nutrition and staple by desert dwellers for centuries.
Mesquite powder is truly wonderful and versatile as it can be used in combination with other flours for cooking or baking, as seasoning to be added to many raw food recipes, soups, desserts, chocolate, granola, chilli, batters and even drinks or smoothies especially those made with maca and cacao. Mesquite powder is popular as it can impart a sweet, warm nutty yet slightly smoky taste to foods as well as helping to enhance the flavours of coffee, caramel, cinnamon and chocolate. The recommended usage is to add 3 tsps of Mesquite powder per day.
In actual fact, Mesquite powder is sweet enough to even replace sugar hence allowing for creation of more natural food recipes. This natural sugar substitute is very low on the glycemic index and is suitable for even diabetics. It can effectively balance blood sugar due to the fact that its sugar is in the form of fructose, which will not require insulin for metabolism. Mesquite powder helps in maintaining a constant blood sugar level for a sustainable time period hence supporting the diet of diabetics and maintaining a healthy insulin system in others.
This Peruvian Mesquite powder is not only sweet but comes loaded with vitamins and minerals which are essential to health such as soluble fiber, zinc, lysine, iron, calcium, amino acids, potassium, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and protein (20-30 percent).
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