The maca root is a resilient and adaptable, and is one of the only plants than can withstand the harsh weather and temperatures of the Andes where it grows between 3,800 and 4,200 meters above sea levels. This arid mountain food has been consumed for millenia: archaeological expeditions have unveiled objects that show maca root harvest in the Andes more than 1600 years BC! In the pre-Incan age, it was considered as a gift from the gods and offered to them in many ceremonies. It was also part of the Inca warriors' diet - they would consume it before long trips and before war or combat. Today, maca is still used as food and medicine in South American countries.
Smoothies, teas, nut milks, coffee, juice, desserts, cereals, yogurts, puddings, jams, ice cream or whatever your heart desires. Maca is also an excellent match with cocoa and carob powder.
Looking for more inspiration? Try these recipes:
Overnight oats with cacao, almond butter and maca
Coconut, maca and cacao fudge
Iced Chai maca latte
Maca "caramel" tarts
Maca sweet potato fries
Viennese hot maca chocolate
Coffee-flavoured cashew butter
For consistent use, it is recommended that you consume 1-3 teaspoons each day and take a week off every month.
Maca root can cause an allergic reaction in some people, according to the Physicians' Desktop Reference. Signs of an allergic reaction include tightness in the throat or chest, trouble breathing and chest pain. Maca root allergy can result in a rash or hives, as well as itchiness or swollen patches of skin. People who tend to suffer from allergies should consult with a doctor before starting any new drug or herbal regimen.
If you have a history of diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease, it may not be safe for you to take maca. Use of maca has the potential to cause goiters if you suffer from thyroid-related conditions.
Can be preserved in a cool, dry cupboard protected from light and humidity for up to 10 months.
Maca is one of few plants that can survive the extreme weather conditions that plague the highlands of the Andes. The weather is a combination of high daytime temperatures casued by the relentless sun and intense frost at night with sustained winds that dry out most plants and cause significant soil erosion. It is these extreme conditions that the plant derives its beneficial properties!