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Maca root. (S. King)


and transport well, and markets could expand throughout the Andean countries.

Other Developing Areas. Maca's future outside the Andes is unclear because the plant is currently so little known. Only research and trials will tell if it could represent a new contribution to the diets of people living in mountainous areas worldwide. Other than preliminary trials, this crop warrants no vigorous research attention outside the Andes at this point, although there are many areas (for example, the high Himalayas) where edible tubers are few and where it could be tested.

Industrialized Regions. Unlike most of the crops in this report, maca does not seem to have a major future in North America, Europe, or Australasia. However, it is worth some basic research, which might change the outlook. There is already interest in the United States in its reputed effects on human fertility.2

2 Preliminary analyses have shown that it contains glucosinolates. Information from T. Johns.


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