At first glance you wouldn’t think the Maca Root could have any effect on your libido or sexual performance. But it turns out that this tiny shrivelled cross between a radish and a parsnip is actually a powerful aphrodisiac.
Grown in the Andes in Peru, the Maca root has been consumed by the locals for centuries as both a food source and an aphrodisiac. And they had good reason to! Scientific studies on this potent root have shown significant increases in the sexual behaviours and libido of those who consume it.
Not only does it increase libido, but the nutritional properties of the Maca prove that it is energy boosting, it reduces fatigue and depression, helps keep your metabolism healthy, it helps to build muscles and it is crammed full of antioxidants. For men it is super effective at increasing sperm count, semen volume and sperm health. For the women it increases fertility, helps to soothe menstrual symptoms and even relieves menopausal hormonal imbalances.
Maca is not a particularly common or well known vegetable and it is most commonly consumed via supplement capsules or ground into a powder. So to use it in a recipe you have to get a little create. The taste is often described as toasted, but it is widely agreed that the taste is quite unique. Therefore I would recommend mixing this in with other ingredients to complement the flavour.
You can add a scoop of ground Maca to a milkshake or smoothie for a sweet and creamy treat, add a scoop into your pancake mix for some added nutrients and taste, a tsp to your hot chocolate or even mix a few spoons into your morning bowl of muesli.
Need a way of introducing this aphrodisiac into your date night? Treat your date to a sweet, sticky and healthy snack or dessert with this Maca, Date and Coconut Snack Ball recipe.
All you need to do is throw a generous cup of wet dates and a cup of desiccated coconut into a blender or food processor and blend until they form a thick clump, then add a tbsp of coconut oil, a pinch of salt and two generous tbsps of Maca powder. Blend it for a little longer until all the ingredients are combined and then form the mixture into bite sized balls.
You can finish them off by rolling them in more coconut, or even a thin layer of coco powder for a note of bitter chocolate.