The Maca plant belongs to the genus of Kressen in the family of the Kreuzblütengewächse and comes from the highlands of the Peruvian Andes. Maca powder is made from the tuber. The maca root contains proteins, a lot of iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, carbohydrates, phosphorus, sugar, starch, important minerals and almost all vitamins. In addition, the maca root is attributed positive effects on physical performance and mental resilience. Clinical studies suggest that this effect is not endocrinological, i. attributed to the hormone formation affecting effect; a change in hormone levels could not be observed in humans. However, there seems to be a positive effect on sexual dysfunction. In one study, subjects reported an increase in sexual desire and performance, a strengthened immune system, and more energy. It should also counteract depression and chronic fatigue. The effect of maca is similar to that of ginseng. Maca powder is very tasty and reminds of caramel vanilla. It can be used wonderfully in sweet foods such as desserts, cakes, chocolate, pudding, smoothies, as well as hearty dishes such as soups, dressings, sauces, etc.
Lucuma is a subtropical gold-yellow sweetish fruit from the mountains of Peru, Chile and Ecuador. It grows at an altitude of 1000-2400 meters. It is one of the most cultivated trees in Peru and has a long tradition. The fruit is very nutritious, contains much beta-carotene, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins (e.g., B1, B2, B3 / niacin) and minerals (such as iron). Lucuma captivates with its slightly sweet taste and is also suitable for diabetics to bring sweetness and a creamy consistency in food. It is e.g. one of the most popular tastes for ice cream in Peru, surpassing even the popularity of varieties such as vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. Lucuma powder enriches e.g. Desserts, ice creams, smoothies, etc.