Maca is a root vegetable that’s an important food for the people of the Andes mountains of Peru. The Inca, architects of the largest pre-Columbian American society, called it the “food of the gods.” It’s legendary as an aphrodisiac. Maca might look like an ordinary turnip, but there is nothing ordinary about the hardiness or health benefits of this unassuming plant. Let’s take a look at what makes maca so exceptional.