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Food Ticket: eat your way to Peru with maca

Getting to the root of this superfood

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with Trade Commission of Peru

Peru is a landscape that is proclaimed for being a source of diverse, high quality foods. Maca, a root vegetable native to South America, has been grown and cultivated in the Andes mountains of Peru for the last 3,000 years. Cousin to the radish and humble turnip, this superfood has long been used as a nutritional and medicinal supplement. And as of late, it’s really been maca-ing a name for itself in modern health and wellness.

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What’s all the fuss about?

This mighty root vegetable is praised for its hormone balancing, energy boosting, and even libido enhancing qualities. Maca is an adaptogenic herb that offers multiple benefits to the health of those who consume it. Adaptogens are agents that support the body’s ability to accommodate physical and emotional stress.  Not only is maca a great source of several vitamins and minerals, it is also believed to help boost mood, and restore physical and mental vitality. For a natural dose of energy, reach from this caffeine-free powerhouse the next time you hit an afternoon slump.

Make maca part of your diet
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Make maca part of your diet

The edible maca root can be consumed through capsules and supplements. In powder form, it is very versatile and can be added to both cold and hot beverages like smoothies (we recommend the maca protein builder from Nood), coffee, and hot chocolate. Its earthy, nuttiness works well in sweet treats like soft serve, baked goods, pancake batter, puddings, overnight oats, and in savoury dips like hummus and guacamole. 

You can pick up maca from your local health food store, or order online and have it delivered from retailers like BlendIt, Iherb, The Store, and Z store.

Visit Superfoods Peru to learn more about the benefits of Peruvian products and the power they pack. 

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