Maca root, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is a cruciferous vegetable native to Peru, thriving in the harshest growing land in the world. The soil there contains significant amounts of volcanic minerals and the climate experiences drastic shifts, from intense heat and sunlight, to below freezing temperatures yet maca thrives. Maca has been used by the natives of the land for both food and medicine for over 3,000 years and was highly revered by the Ancient Incans. Maca was so valued the traders and settlers even used it as currency! Maca is related to the common radish and emits a scent similar to butterscotch. Maca has become more and more popular in recent years, becoming a key ingredient in many health supplements, smoothies, drinks and nutrition bars.
Maca is also known as; Ayak Chichira, Ayuk Willku, Ginseng Andin, Ginseng Péruvien, Lepidium meyenii, Lepidium peruvianum, Maca Maca, Maca Péruvien, Maino, Maka, Peruvian Ginseng, Peruvian Maca.