Interesting Notes:

Agave Nectar is a sweet syrup made from agave sap and is often use in cooking.


Agave Tequilana (or Blue Agave) is the species used to make mezcal and tequila, a popular distilled spirit.


Agave Americana and other species are used to make an alcoholic beverage called pulque.


Wild Agave species are also used to make Sotol, another Mexican distilled spirit.


Agaves are used as ornamental plants.  They are often mistaken for Cactus , but are not related to them. 


Although their leaves are similar in appearance, Agaves are also not related to the Aloe plants.



                      

When I'm photographing AGAVE plants, I'm constantly amazed by their imposing presence and their resilience to the elements.   Agaves represent a genus of more than 160 species of succulent plants native to the desert regions of the Southern United States, Mexico, Central and South America.  Some scientist placed Agave in the Agavaceae Family, while others included it in the subfamily Agavoideae, part of the larger Asparagaceae Family.  


Some Agaves like the "Century Plant" can grow impressive in size and their thick leaves with needle-like ends seem to warn you to keep a safe distance.   Agaves are capable of thriving in hot, arid climates where water is limited making them such an invaluable plant. 


Some Agave species have edible leaves, rosettes, flowers and stalks.  The Agave sap is known as "honey water" and considered a special desert treat.   Agave is also used to make medicinal teas and tinctures to treat arthritis, constipation and for other ailments.

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