Peruvian people and Inca warriors have a great history and like any other region of the world, they have some peculiar, local foods. Healthy eating community has picked up Maca, Quinoa and some other local foods as the next best thing for your health.
The popularity of Maca has been growing since late 90s across North America but during the last 10 years, Maca has become popular across Europe and even in China.
Maca is mainly of three colors: yellow, red and black. And, there is very small quantity of purple maca growing in some regions of Peru. As per Maca Expert, the production of yellow maca accounts for 60-70 percent of total production, followed by 20-25% for Red Maca and 10 percent for Black Maca.
However, powdered Maca has very little difference in color as the main difference between Maca roots of different varieties is the color of the outer part of the root.
The Peruvian highlands climate is ideal for Maca growth and rising demand for this superfood has led to locals developing more land for cultivation of Maca.
While many people working in ecology have complained about excessive Maca farming leading to change in land use across Peru, people associated with trade tell us that it is good for the economy of their country. What is important is to keep the ecological balance and organic farming is the way to move forward. Organic Maca demand is growing faster compared to conventional Maca.
Maca is also known as Peruvian Ginseng and anything that offers strength, is getting popular quickly. All types of Maca offer extra strength and have been associated with rise in libido.
Farmers in Peru are mostly using old methods of cultivation. Considering the low industrialization of Peruvian farming sector, it will be easier for them to remain organic, with less use of any kind of pesticides. Additionally, with higher price for organic Maca, farmers are more than happy to keep their old ways of cultivation.
The importance of Maca as a trade crop increased to such a level that Chinese farmers started growing Maca. Peruvian farmers and authorities rushed to save their indigenous crop from Chinese farmers (usually working on a massive scale and with low cost farm labor).
During 2015 – 2016, international market price of Maca from Peru and other South American countries declined as Chinese maca started flooding the markets. However, the demand for Chinese maca remained low and now the production from China is low. This has resulted in Maca prices firming up once again.
While talking to a Peruvian exporter CPX Exchange, we found out that the demand for Peruvian Maca is rising and some of the farms are finding it hard to deal with the ever rising demand.
If you haven’t tried Maca so far, it would be a good addition to your list of energy foods. Just a small spoon per day can bring in a major change in your energy levels.