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What Is Blue Agave?


A Precious Gift From The Gods!
Says the legend that in the middle of a heavy storm, natives get into a cave, then a powerful thunderbolt tore into some agave plants nearby, burning them for hours, sometime later a new rich fragrance get into the cave, natives discovered that the core of the burned agave was the source and a well of a spirituous drink so all them thank the gods for this nectar that when drunk, transformed peoples personality, what a miracle!

Agave tequilana, commonly called blue agave (agave azul), tequila agave, mezcal or maguey is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco, Mexico, due to its role as the base ingredient of tequila, a popular distilled spirit. The high production of sugars, mostly in the form of fructose, in the core of this plant is the most important characteristic of the plant, making it suitable for the preparation of alcoholic beverages

A Mysterious Name…
The liquor takes its name from the Tequila Valley Jalisco, Mexico, oh and there is a town with the same name, but where the name comes from? Well that’s a mystery; some says that comes from the Nahuatl dialect words tequilt (work, job, duty, task) and tlan (place)

The plant favors high altitudes of more than 1,500 meters and grows in rich and sandy soils. While commercial and wild agaves have different life cycles, both grow into large succulents, with spiky fleshy leaves, that can reach over two meters in height. Agaves sprout a stalk (quiote) when about five years old that can grow an additional five meters and are topped with yellow flowers. This stalk is cut off from commercial plants so that the plant will put more energy into the heart.

The flowers are pollinated by a native bat (Leptonycteris nivalis) and produce several thousand seeds per plant. The plant then dies. The shoots on commercial plants are removed when about a year old to allow the heart to grow larger. The plants are then reproduced by planting these shoots; this has led to a considerable loss of genetic diversity in cultivated blue agave.

It is rare for one kept as a houseplant to flower, but a 50-year old blue agave in Boston grew a 10 m (30 ft) stalk requiring a hole in the greenhouse roof and flowered in the summer of 2006.

Tequila must be distilled and bottled in Mexico to be genuine Tequila, otherwise is not Tequila but an imitation, this is recognized by US and European laws and Mexico considers tequila its national heritage property.

Over 11,000,000 million pounds are harvested every year for use in tequila production and each plant grows in a period of seven to nine years!

Mexico is that Tequila is the national drink and what is not so well known is that this drink exists from before Mexico became a nation. Several Mexican tribes already distilled a type of tequila on simple pot stills… back in the 16th century!

Not to worry American’s celebrate National Tequila Day July 24th, but here at Blue Agave we like to think everyday is a good day to enjoy a Margarita or two or just a shot of the best Tequila selection in town.