Maca Magic Recipes

Maca is a root vegetable related to the radish family that grows in the mineral rich highlands of Peru in the Andes Mountains at 14,000 ft. elevation. Maca has been used as a staple crop for thousands of years.

Maca Magic™ Basic Smoothie

Scoop 2 spoons of Maca Magic™ into juice or milk.  Add fruit, nuts, yogurt and ice. Blend until smooth.

Maca Magic™ Frozen Maca-lada

Scoop 2 spoons of Maca Magic™ into 3 parts cold pineapple juice and 2 parts coconut milk. Add a dashof vanilla extract and honey, 2-4 ice cubes or a handful of crushed ice blend until smooth, garnish with sprinkled cinnamon or nutmeg.

Maca Magic™ Malt Shake

Scoop 2 spoons of Maca Magic™ on top of vanilla or chocolate ice-cream, add cream or milk. Blend until smooth.

Maca Magic™ Balls O’ Energy!

Mix 2 spoons of Maca Magic™ with 1/2 cup of any nut or seed butter. Add brown rice syrup, honey, maple or Yacon syrup along with 3 Tbsp of raisins. Pour in 2 Tbsp of sunflower oil or melted butter and 1/4 cup oatmeal. Knead ingredients in bowl and roll into bite sized balls. Try adding spirulina, hemp seed, flax seed or granola. Makes about 6 energy balls.

Other Maca Magic™ Delights

* Stir a spoonful or two of Maca Magic™ into vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese and top with fresh fruit or all fruit preserves.

* Mix a spoonful or two of Maca Magic™ with any hot cereal, add butter and sweeten to taste.

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Peruvian Maca Root vs. Chinese Maca Root

If you’ve done a little bit of research you probably already know that Maca root originates in the high Andes mountains and is today primarily grown in Peru and Bolivia. What you probably don’t know is that over the past several years, China has also started growing and exporting Maca root products. This article explains the difference between the two and why you should insist on Peruvian Maca. We will show some face about Peruvian Maca Root vs Chinese Maca Root.

Peruvian Maca

Maca From China?

All of the research has shown that while Maca plants can be grown at lover elevations these plants fail to produce roots of any significant size. Little did we known that the mountains in the Yunan Province of China reach elevations above the 14,000 feet (M) at which Maca plants do product roots. Indeed, Chinese framers have imported seeds from Peru and are growing Maca roots. But there are some major issues with these products.

 Chinese Maca: 5 Major Issues

  1. First, we’ve discovered in China that laboratories are actually producing a synthetic form of Maca and trying to pass it off as authentic Maca root. This would be like creating a wheat flour substitute in the lab and then selling it as the real deal. Needless to say, you want to avoid anything synthetic when it comes to your food.
  2. Second, China grows and exports a relatively large number of super foods, including rice protein, grass powders, hemp seeds, goji berries and more, so it’s not surprising that they have chosen to cultivate Maca as well. The unfortunate reality is that these foods carry ha high risk of contamination, as China is one of the most heavily polluted countries in the world.
  3. Third, there is a definite difference and appearance of Chinese Maca powder.
  4. Fourth, We’ve recently learned from a powerful documentary, that the Chinese already hold 7 GMO patents on Maca. That means that there is no way to discern if Maca from China is GMO-free or not. Peru has banned GMOs at least until the year 2021.
  5. Finally, Maca originated in the high Andes of Peru and is a national heritage food of Peru. Since 2003, it has been illegal to transport whole roots or seeds outside of Peru, and yet, Maca is somehow currently grown in China. According to reports, Maca cultivated in China certainly came from seeds smuggled out of Peru. What is more, China apparently does not acknowledge this, nor does it have any contract with Peru to grow Maca. To buy Chinese grown Maca supports this practice which in our opinion is unethical.
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Raw vs. Fresh Maca

  • Some Sources Claim the Peruvian people never eat raw maca
  • It is a fact that Maca should not be eaten when freshly harvested, but fresh Maca is not the same as raw Maca
  • Many Peruvians will bake the fresh roots, but most of the time the roots are dried
  • Some people may have an adverse effect to any type of raw food, especially if in large quantities.
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Why Choose Maca from Herbs America?

Purity ~ We raise our own Maca root without chemicals at 14,000 feet elevation in the mineral rich highlands of Peru’s Altiplano. Our fields are naturally irrigated by glacial ice-melt and rainfall generated over the Amazon basin. The result is 100% pure Maca root the way nature intended.

Quality ~ Because our Maca root is grown in its natural setting, the potency, flavor and freshness are incomparable.

Philosophy ~Herbs America is motivated by a belief that it is the land, and our relationship to it, that empowers our cultivated products and makes them better. We are committed to free trade and support traditional agrarian families in Peru to promote sustainable agricultural practices with a portion of each sale. In continuing our high standards, we oversee the entire process from the planting of the seeds to the packing of each product

 

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