The agave is a plant of the Amaryllidaceae family that can be found in various areas, with species actually originate in the desert zones of America, particularly widespread in Mexico. That is why we all know it as the plant from which tequila is obtained, although it has many uses.
It is noteworthy that the agave blooms once in life and when it is ripe it dies. Formerly, the indigenous culture related it to the gods and was seen as a sacred and miraculous plant.
Types of Agave
It presents various types, but the best known is the American agave, with green and dark gray plants which grows fairly quickly. It is the most popular and widespread, and grows in dry and hot areas. Within the American type there are also varieties that are distinguished by their colors and different shapes in its leaves.
Agave victoriae reginae is smaller, but with long leaves and stems ranging from 2 to 4 meters high. They are typical from desert areas of Mexico.
Finally, agave stricta presents leaves up to 40 cm and much thinner than the other species.
Various uses of ?The tequila plant?
This plant is very helpful, offering a variety of uses, from making clothes thanks to its fibers, to ropes, shoes, thread, paper, nails… but its best known use is the production of various spirits, such as mezcal and tequila.
Tequila, produced mainly in Mexico, must have more than 50% of distillate from Weber agave, blue variety only. Meanwhile, for mezcal we can use agave angustifolia and also up to eight different species of agave.
But they are not the only drinks we get from this famous plant. It can also produce pulque, lower in alcohol than the previous two.
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