KNOW YOUR ROOTS PROJECT
Updated: Apr 11
BE INFORMED, KNOW THE DIFFERENCE IN MACA!
For years companies have claimed the benefits of the maca without giving consumers any insight into what actually goes into the product. Is it organic? Is there any source verification or point of origin? Further more is it even maca?!
In the late 1800’s a German scientist gave the edible root consumed by people of the Andes, the botanical classification, Lepidium Meyenii Walpers, after himself. In the late sixties (1960’s that is!) Dr. Gloria Chacon chose to dedicate her life to the maca after studying many native edible plants, maca seemingly possessing the most medicinal and therapeutic properties along with heavy cultural significance.
Dr. Chacon’s studies are regarded as the most in depth and her name is harmonious with the species named after her quest to identify the highest quality, heirloom maca prized by the ancestral Inca: Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon.
Equally important, is the care that goes into every aspect of maca’s year long existence while thriving in the harshest elements Pacha Mama can produce at 14,500 ft. Chacon’s name gives an endorsement, not only to Sol Raiz Organics complete nutritional profile, but also to the integrity behind the brand's quality assurance, traditional growing methods ensuring the future of the crop while exceeding standard fair trade practices.
Meyenii vs. Chacon (Photo)
Lepidium Meyenii Walpers is a broad categorization most often applied to roots grown in lower elevations or without point of origin. In order for many companies to meet burgeoning demands for this popular superfood, they are contracting growers of low quality roots that produce up to 3 harvests a year (perennial).
Sol Raiz Organics Maca, Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon, is an annual and we plant accordingly based on our yearly projections. Our products are organically grown, hand tilled, hand harvested, traditionally gelatinized and go through the same traditional ceremonies that have taken place over centuries.
Lepidium campestre Linneus
Lepidium bipinnatifidum Desvraux
Lepidium chichicara Desvraux
Lepidium cyclocarpum Thellung
Lepidium densiflorum Schrod
Lepidium flavium Torr.
Lepidium kalenbornii C. L. Hitchcock
Lepidium incisum Roth
Lepidium meyenii Walpers subsp. Gelidium Weddell, Thellung, 1905
Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon
Lepidium perfollatum Linneus
Lepidium pubescens Desvraux
Lepidium subvaginatum Thellung
Lepidium virginicum Linneus
A small amount goes a long way. Start your day or finish your day with a teaspoon of maca and let it work for you! There are a number of reasons or ailments that maca should be used for but it’s important that you understand what this product is doing for you. Alkaloids in maca discovered by Dr. Gloria Chacon are shown to activate the master glands. Studies show Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon, organically grown is safe for consumption of all ages and is considered as safe as any other vegetable. Maca contains no caffeine and Sol Raiz Organics guarantess no fillers, additives, or gimmicks.
Price is important. Many customers ask why they can buy maca, sometimes for half the price? If you’ve heard of what maca can do for you, make sure you don’t cut any corners. You know what they say about cheap vitamins or supplements, they end up being more expensive. Sol Raiz Chacon Maca is an unparalleled product produced by unique elements and mineral rich soil of the high Andes. For Peru, Maca is a link to heritage past and present. It’s a gift to the world and together we give directly back to the relatively small group of tight knit farmers working to offer us Single Estate, Source Verified Maca.
WHAT MAKES SOL RAIZ ORGANICS MACA SUPERIOR TO OTHER MACA?
Growth altitude: 14,500 ft. elevation
Growth area: Junin, Peru.
Heirloom variety seed: Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon
These 3 conditions above cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world
Organically grown and harvested by hand
Sol Raiz obtains our maca directly from the growers, insuring consistent standard and product integrity.
Sol Raiz Chacon Maca is only harvested once a year (“annual”). The root that we offer takes a full year to grow and mature.
60 phytonutrients and 30+ vitamins and minerals.
Sol Raiz Organics Maca is Source Verified, meaning we are able to provide documentation on where our maca is sourced. Other companies may not be able to do this because they are sourced through brokers.
Scientifically studied and referenced by Dr. Gloria Chacón