plants in Peru

Miguel FloresAugust 29, 2000

Dear friends,

Let me give you some special information.

I think you won't find what follows anywhere else.


Native crops in Perú are both nutritional and pharmaceutical ( they serve as food as well as medicine ). They are used to prevent illnesses and to give people higher immunological levels. This basic concept will be present in the form we introduce each and all of our native products.

We have native aromatic plants that allow us to fix our food without using fats. This brings forth the natural flavours and tastes of our food. This happens, for example, with our PACHAMANCA.

A fundamental characteristic of Perú are its ecological levels or floors that define a wide variety of micro climates. This provides in its turn a great diversity of natural resources, be them plants or animals. As a result of this geographical distribution we have been blessed with the existing combination of nutritional and pharmaceutical values we locally know. Without exaggeration, these values are amongst the highest on the planet. This implies that the gastronomy we are developing in Perú can be proud of itself beyond good taste and looks. Besides that, its special value lies in its nutritional significance to enhance ones health if properly administered.

Man, in times of the Tahuantinsuyo ( the Incan empire ), with an extraordinary systemic vision, transformed all the elements of his surrounding nature ( or pacha in quichua, our most important native language). They transformed surfaces, atmosphere, landscapes, water, plants and animals, handling them to make them useful for their every day life. Many spatial forms, artifacts and goods were created : cities, roads, irrigation canals, fortresses, agricultural platforms down the sides of the mountains. Everything was named and classified, organizing space in a very particular way.

These people, the hatunruna, created various types of agriculture in accordance with altitudes and special geographical characteristics of each place of which they had vast knowledge. They had agricultural systems for valleys, oasis, plains, deserts, moderate slopes, very scarce rain or foggy areas, high mountains, tropical high jungle and tropical low jungle. Handling microclimates in different altitudes each ayllu ( clans ) had land at various levels to complete their diets.


Maca is one of the most important Andean crops. It is a root that grows at about 3,500 meters above sea level, rich in nutrients : proteins, minerals and vitamins. Maca is natureÂs answer to Viagra Â. It helps muscles, bones and teeth grow, strengthening your blood as well as revitalizing your body.

Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, who rediscovered this pre Columbian Andean crop, gives conferences in Lima at any needed time. These conferences include references to geography, seasons, gastronomy, anthropology, archeology, history and nutritional values related to Maca. To complement these, information trips can...

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Hi I have been looking for the seed of uncaria tomentosa for a while now, and am wondering if you can sell me some, exchange plants for some, or tell me where I can find some for sale.I am in the US. Thanks

    Bookmark   May 19, 2002 at 5:28PM
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sam_hurley(z5 utah)

Absolutely fascinating. I am vey interested in all the subjects you mentioned.
Are there any websites or books you can recomend to learn more? (in spanish or english)
Unfortunately I will be unable to come to peru for at least a couple of years or more.
But in the meantime I would like to learn as much as possible about the various subjects you mentioned.
My e-mail is
Any further information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for sharing such interesting information.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2002 at 10:28AM
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does anyone know where I can buy the seeds to plant
huacatay? I have heard seeds of change sell them but when
I contacted them, they don't unfortunatley. I am very interested in growing some along side aji peppers.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 10:21AM
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Perhaps I have a very cheeky question, but I'll try very careful.

I know, you are growing other exotic plants, but perhaps you can help me.

I am a private collector of Hippeastrum, Rhodophiala and Griffinia species. Now I am searching still very special ones.

They are growing in a part of Soouth America, and my question is , can some one help me, please?

With little bulbs or seeds.

Or perhaps you know other people, botanical gardens, gardenforums or private collectors in your area who can help me.

Thank you very much and I hope you can help.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 8:54AM
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