Over the last few years China has become an important producer of Peruvian Maca. They have been trying to recapture the Peruvian treasure since 2000. With the intention of protecting national interests, in 2003 the Peruvian government banned the export of unprocessed Maca fruit, its seed or any other part that could be used for its cultivation. However, in years to come, through the poorly guarded Bolivian border the Chinese illegally smuggled seed material as well as Maca plants for the purpose of exploring and promoting its cultivation in China. As the consequence, the root is grown extensively in Yunnan province, although with bad results. Chinese maca tends to grow in a shape more like ginger and its energy-giving properties are strongly lessened. In Himalyas this endeavor has failed due to the considerable difference in soil composition and unsuitable climatic conditions.

No other mountain is as rich in ores and soil in minerals as the one in the Andes. This makes the Andean Maca rich in minerals. Their extremely high concentration in soil ameliorates in its root the high content of Macaene alkaloids, which are responsible for Maca’s miraculous effect. In early 1990s even NASA included Peruvian Maca in their advanced space menus.

The concentration of Macaenes in the Peruvian root is crucial. They are the most effective, well-known medicine for hypophysis, which on the early age begins to blunder and its dysfunction with the years to come is more serious. Japanese have been trying to synthesize this alkaloid for years. This great discovery (the alkaloids) is contained only in the Andean Maca and has proven to be more effective adaptogen than ginseng. Ginseng is Chinese national treasure, the same as Maca in Peru. The only difference is that nobody is trying to overtake the Chinese heritage.

Chinese have always imported the best quality Maca from the Andes for their own needs. Since 2000, the circumstances have changed and now China exports their degenerated root representing it as a Peruvian. The price of their maca root is much lower and this is a good reason for the world’s biggest superfood suppliers to switch to a more profitable resource. We see that Chinese buyers still prefer Peruvian Maca and that number of people who don’t feel the beneficial effects of the Chinese maca is increasing.

The best Peruvian Maca breeders have not sawed‎ any Maca in Junin Region this season (2017-2018). Only in this region is stored a large quantity of dry root from the past seasons. It is anticipated that there will not be real Peruvian Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum) on the world market in few years from now. It could be the last try of Peruvian government to protect its heritage by adding 'Peruvianum' to its scientific name. Now China is getting even bigger maca producers who sell it under the cost effective price for the Peruvian breeder. We have sown the finest Maca and we continue with our mission in Peru :)

Que lo piense bien,
El Gringo