Maca has a fleshy hypocotyl (the stem of a germinating seed’s leaf) and has a rough pear-shaped to rectangular root that varies in color from red to yellow, to black. It is a member of the Brassicaceae family and has small off-white flowers similar to many other cruciferous species. Maca grows in the Junin plateau of Peru in very hostile high altitude environments at 11,000-15,000 feet where temperatures plummet below 14 degrees and high winds and hot sun prevail. It is native in the Puno and Moquegua regions in the Andes Mountains of Peru and is the only cruciferous vegetable native to this area. According to the author of Lost Crops of the Incas, “even most of the Indians of the Andes barely know this plant, which is so restricted in its distribution….in this stark, inhospitable region, maca makes agriculture possible as maca survives in areas where little else can grow.”
HERBAL ACTIONS adaptogenic, nutritive, tonic
USES AND PREPARATIONS Root fresh and cooked or dried and powdered in a smoothie. Traditionally, in Peru often blended with quinoa and a variety of other ingredients. Root dried, powdered, and encapsulated Cooked root vegetable.
HERBAL MISCELLANY During the mid 1500's, the Conquistadors in Peru required payments in the form of maca root, thus it was writ: Lima, January 12, 1549: "I Pedro, Lawyer Of the Gasca of the Council of his majesty and of the Holy Inquisition, president, and ruler of provinces of Peru by his majesty…"…entrust this Joan Tello, the Runato chiefdom with their main towns and Indians of Chinchaycocha…… send the tributes that Iuso Iran declared by the form and order that is followed: in each a year trezientas (30) MACA loads ….and one hundred loads of potatoes… ".
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Ingredients: 100% Maca