Mar 15 2011

What is agave? What is blue agave?

Category: Beer, Wine, & Liquor

Answer:

Blue Agave PlantThe blue agave plant or agave tequilana Weber is a blue, green colored plant that is native to Jalisco, Mexico. It is important due to its function as the base ingredient in the production of tequila. The core of the agave plant produces a large amount of sugar, in the form of fructose. These sugars are a significant characteristic that allows this particular plant to be suitable for alcohol production. A full grown agave can develop to be as large as 40-70 kg, but it does have one weakness, it matures at a very slow rate, usually 7 to 8 years. So from plant to shelf, it can be a long process.

What makes blue agave so special though? The reason the blue agava plant is so special is because it only grows in specific types of irrigated soil between altitudes of 1500 – 2000 meters. It is so prized by the Mexican government that they regulated it and only allow it to be grown in one specific region of Mexico.


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