What Is Maca?
Maca (not matcha!) is a cruciferous vegetable also known as Peruvian ginseng. For at least the last 2,000 years, it’s grown in the Andes mountains of Peru. In South America, it’s traditionally used both as a medicine and as a key ingredient in maca chicha, which is a beer-like fermented drink made with corn.
Maca root powder provides several important nutrients, including amino acids and adaptogens.
How to Use It
Powder is the most common way people consume the vegetable, partly because of how easy it is to incorporate into a diet. It is often mixed into goodies like smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, energy bars and more.
Give It a Try!
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Not only does it taste delicious, but it can be the perfect complement to the earthy and nutty flavor of maca root powder. Curb your chocolate craving with our Cacao Flax Maca Protein Balls, packed with delicious and nutritious ingredients!
Cacao Flax Maca Protein Balls
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey (try a local, raw variety!)
- Pour all ingredients into a bowl and stir until evenly mixed.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Scoop or roll mixture into balls and keep cold until serving.
Gonzales, Gustavo. Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012. Published online 2011 Oct 2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184420/Tags: adaptogenic herb, BIOVEA, maca root powder, organic, Superfood, vegan