...are the closest to whole Maca roots that can legally be exported from Peru. That's because he Peruvian government prevents the export of whole roots to preserve the cultural heritage of Peruvian Maca. And with good reason. In 2013-2014, for example, Chinese speculators unlawfully took whole roots of Maca out of the country to grow Maca on Chinese soil. They did grow Maca, albeit with difficulty, and eventually flooded the world market with cheap, ineffective Chinese Maca. Since that time Peru is even more strict on Maca exports.
The good news is that Peru does allow for the export of Maca Chips, which are simply Maca roots cut into small chunks after being washed and dried. Our chips are pre-cooked (gelatinized) to ease digestion and to make them simpler to consume. We offer these chips in Black, Red, Yellow and 3 Color blends.
The Benefits Of Whole Maca Root Chips
While Maca powders certainly may be easier to mix into a smoothie, and Maca capsules are certainly easier to consume, Maca chips do have a few advantages. First, they are indeed a whole food, or a food as close to natural as possible. As such they conserve a bit more of the nutrition of Maca. Second, Maca chips can be made into dishes that powdered Maca can't - for example pickled Maca or Maca mixed into sauerkraut. Finally, Maca chips store very well.
Now, as to the major advantage of Maca chips, it has to do with how full a serving of these will keep you throughout the day. We first noticed it when we were in Peru working with our farmers. We'd it a bowl of boiled Maca porridge in the morning and it would keep us going for the entire day, even at extremely high elevations. The same holds true for a Maca porridge made with our Maca chips. They seem to be immensely satisfying, a fact which is great news for people looking to consume less calories and perhaps even lose weight with Maca!
How To Use Maca Chips
Traditionally, dried Maca roots are boiled with water or milk and sugar to make a hearty porridge called Mazamorra (we'll get to that in a moment). But, we have uncovered several other ways to get them into your life and diet:
Mazamorra de Maca Recipe
This is what people in the high Andes where Maca grows have been enjoying for a long time. It's a sort of porridge that is very tasty and filling!
Preparation: Simmer the Maca chips in water along with spices until soft (about 1 hour), adding water if necessary. Add flour, sugar and milk and simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy. Mazamorra may be kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
Ready To Give Maca Chips A Try?
As a small family run company with all our focus on Maca, we are able to offer the best selection of whole Maca root chips available anywhere. To order them simply choose from the selections at the top of this page. And Let us know if we can help with anything.
Enjoy the day!