Maca first written references come from Cieza de Leon, a chronicler of the Spaniard conquest in 1553. Used for maintenance and nourishment, to improve fertility and as a tribute to the ancestors Gods.
As a distinctive species, Maca was first comprehensively described by Gerhard Walpers in 1843.
From the mustard family, it resembles a turnip, and is an annual plant that grows in very severe climates: cold and template from 3800 to 4500 mts. Only Maca and potatoes grow at such high altitudes in the Junin plateau. It was also used as currency in ancient times
With very high content of amino acids, Vitamin E amongst others, and minerals (specially Potassium), Maca is a natural energizer that combats mental and physical fatigue, increases strength and energy, stimulates the functions of the endocrine system in adults, ameliorate symptoms of the aging process (osteoporosis, anemia) and supports a healthy sex life and fertility.