Maca is found wild in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina. It’s primarily cultivated in the central highlands of Peru in the puna agro-ecological zone from 8,000 to 14,500 feet. Our Maca Root comes from Peru.
It’s a valuable commodity to the Andean Indians and indigenous peoples in a region where poor and rocky soil, low temperatures and high winds prohibit cultivation of other crops. Cultivars of maca have been found in archaeological sites dating back to 1600 B.C.
Lepidium meyenii is sometimes called Peruvian ginseng, although it is not in the same family as ginseng but is a member of the mustard family. It is low-growing (12 to 20 cm) with a mat-like growth habit, and with scalloped leaves which renew from the center of the rosette.
The small, off-white flowers are typical of the mustard family, and are self-fertilising. It’s a perennial herb that propagates by seed; however, when cultivated for harvest it’s treated as an annual. Its root system requires seven to nine months to become mature enough to harvest.
The maca root looks like a large radish, has a tangy, sweet taste, and an aroma similar to that of butterscotch. The four main cultivars of maca are black, purple, red and cream; no one of these has been definitely proven to be a superior medicinal herb to any of the others.
The tuberose root of Lepidium meyenii is used both as food and as an herbal remedy. When the root of the maca plant is harvested, the roots are dried by exposing them to sunlight for 4-6 days. The dried root can be stored in a cool, dry place for several years, and is easily re-hydrated by boiling in water until soft.
This superfood herb is made from 100% maca root. Maca has the ability to increase energy, endurance and strength. Maca powder has many flavorful notes that are sweet and full, minor taste qualities that are reminiscent of other cruciferous vegetables; these add some mildly spicy elements. If you Google Maca Root you will find out the many other things that it does for your body.
Our maca powder is a great emulsifier. It can be used to draw fats and oils together with starches and sugars in a beverage, dessert, or recipe. Make a drink containing agave nectar, cacao nibs, and maca that can draw out the smoothness of these two foods to create a beautiful, rounded flavor.
Gelatinized Maca Powder is a concentrated form made by extracting the starch - which makes the nutrition easier to digest and absorb. It has a nutty butterscotch flavor.
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