Black Maca, Peruvean Ginseng Lepidium meyenii

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Botanical Name:

Lepidium meyenii







Common Name:

Black Maca, Peruvean Ginseng

Seeds Per Pound:
0.1 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
5-8 inches
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In Stock: 0.1 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 69 seeds)
1 gram (~ 1820 seeds)
2 gram (~ 3639 seeds)
5 gram (~ 9098 seeds)
1 oz (~ 51588 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil and keep moist.
In a Nutshell:
* Lepidium meyenii (maca) is an herbaceous biennial plant of the crucifer family native to the high Andes of Peru. It was found at the Meseta of BomBom close to Junin Lake in the Andes. It is grown for its fleshy hypocotyl (a fused hypocotyl and taproot), which is used as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb. Its Spanish and Quechua names include maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira, and ayak willku.
* Maca is mainly grown for the nutritional and health value of its root. The majority of harvested maca is dried. In this form, the hypocotyls can be stored for several years. In Peru, maca is prepared and consumed in various ways, although traditionally it always is cooked.
* Maca grows at high altitudes in the Andes is an inhospitable region of intense sunlight, violent winds and below freezing weather. With its extreme temperatures and poor rocky soil, the area rates among the world's worst farmland, yet over the centuries, Maca learned to flourish under these conditions.
* The root is eaten cooked. Sweet and pleasantly flavoured. They can be slowly baked. After being dried they are cooked in water to make a sweet aromatic porridge that is called 'mazamorra' in S. America. The nutritional value of dried Maca root is high, resembling cereal grains such as maize, rice and wheat. more...
* Due to its purported effects on fertility, maca has experienced a major gain of commercial interest, as well as research, in the last few decades. In the 1990s, a quick expansion of cultivated land with maca was seen. As the demand rose rapidly, the producer’s prices increased.
* Maca (Peruvian Ginseng) seedlings usually emerge about one month after sowing with the onset of the rainy season in October. In the vegetative phase, until May to June, the lower part of the hypocotyl, as well as the upper part of the tap root, grows in size. After 260 to 280 days, it is formed to the harvestable hypocotyl. more...
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