Maca grow in cold environments at high elevations between 12,500-14,400 feet. The plant is starts developing in the fall and extremely resistant to frost, strong winds and the amount of sun it receives until it’s harvested in the late spring. Since the environment is so extreme, most pests and weeds are unable to survive and the maca doesn’t require any herbicides or pesticides. As the maca grows it sprouts long frilly green leaves at the soil surface and develop roots underground. When the maca has matured is resembles an off white turnip and is slightly sweet and bitter in taste. All the harvesting is done manually as it has been for years, with the leaves being left in the fields for livestock and fertilizer while the roots are sundried and can take up to two weeks to reach the desired moisture levels. After the roots have been dried, they are cleaned, ground and sifted into a fine powder.
Maca powder has a malt like flavor and can be used in smoothies, baked goods and more. It’s high in protein, amino acids and other beneficial minerals.