Maca is the name given to a type of coffee that’s grown in Kenya, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has been used for centuries in East Africa and the Middle East.
The coffee has been found to contain high levels of caffeine and some have also been used to treat cancer.
But how does it taste?
To find out, The ABC’s Dr Kate Binder took maca at its peak in the 1960s and 1970s and tasted it in a range of coffee drinks, ranging from traditional lattes to smoothies.
She said maca tasted like a strong coffee and it was often mixed with tea or cocoa powder to make a smoothie.
“If you had a smoothy made with maca powder it would have a very smooth texture,” she said.
“But you could still feel a very strong coffee taste in it.”
Dr Binder said people had been drinking maca for thousands of years.
“We think it’s a little bit like a very powerful stimulant,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“You would get a very high, very fast, powerful buzz if you drank this.”
What you need to know about maca and its health Benefits of maca include: boosting your energy levels