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Agave Love

Agave's are remarkable plants.  I love how their leaves form and peel away, and are left with the imprint of the next leaf on their skin. I love that the leaves feel like soft, distressed leather.  I love that, left in the wild, they spend their entire lives - up to fifty or seventy five years, storing energy for the one flowering event that will be their demise. I love that they have been so useful to so many cultures... Most of the world knows of Tequila, Mezcal & Pulque as sweet liquors, of course... but the Aztecs ate nearly every part of the plant, used the thorns for needles and pins, used the leaves and fibers for clothing and thatched roofs, and made a type of paper with the leaf pulp.  More modern North American Natives make a tea from the leaves which is a diuretic, and tea from the root is used to treat arthritic joints.  And more frequently now you can find Agave Syrup on your grocer shelf, and in foods as an alternative to processed cane sugar.

 

photoblog image Botanical Garden 15 b.jpg

Agave Love

Agave's are remarkable plants.  I love how their leaves form and peel away, and are left with the imprint of the next leaf on their skin. I love that the leaves feel like soft, distressed leather.  I love that, left in the wild, they spend their entire lives - up to fifty or seventy five years, storing energy for the one flowering event that will be their demise. I love that they have been so useful to so many cultures... Most of the world knows of Tequila, Mezcal & Pulque as sweet liquors, of course... but the Aztecs ate nearly every part of the plant, used the thorns for needles and pins, used the leaves and fibers for clothing and thatched roofs, and made a type of paper with the leaf pulp.  More modern North American Natives make a tea from the leaves which is a diuretic, and tea from the root is used to treat arthritic joints.  And more frequently now you can find Agave Syrup on your grocer shelf, and in foods as an alternative to processed cane sugar.

 

photoblog image Botanical Garden 15 b.jpg

comments (18)

a thoughtful post, Elizabeth. love the shots.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ayush!
the colors lend it a fine abstract quality...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Larry! I think they're lovely!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jan 2018, 01:06
Ooooo...nailed it, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: YAY! Thanks, Ray!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Jan 2018, 05:56
Jolies macros, j'aime beaucoup les couleurs de la première photo.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Martine!
Fabulous "vision and verb," Elizabeth. What's NOT to love about these succulents!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Ginnie! I appreciate that!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Jan 2018, 06:41
I use syrup from this plant to sweeten my tea, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's yummy isn't it!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jan 2018, 06:47
Well, it sounds like nothing from the plant is wasted. It's fascinating to hear that it can take up to 70 years to flower.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: In good hands, yes! They are often referred to as "Century Plants"... but rarely to they actually take 100 years to bloom. They are remarkable!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Jan 2018, 06:47
Oh, these are wonderful photographs!
(I see that Frank has come back - to SC- and surely very soon to you!)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Philine!
YES! and YES! smile
Merci pour les explications sur l'agave les photos sont belles !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're welcome, Claudine!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Jan 2018, 07:40
They are amazing plants indeed, I used to help grow them in a previous life and was intrigued by their shapes. I had no idea of their many uses though..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Did you have them in a green house?
They are just wonderful plants!
An amazing plant. They are wonderful to look at
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes they are!
Apart from all that then...Its not much use smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Right! smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Jan 2018, 09:40
The Mexicans are snobbish about Tequilla Elizabeth. During our tasting session in Mexico City they say that the word refers to the lower quality stuff that tourists like. They prefer to say Mezcal, which is the same stuff but much more up market.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: One helpful thing to remember is that tequila is a type of mezcal, but mezcal is not a type of tequila. smile A little like the difference between scotch and whiskey. While tequila legally can only be made with Blue Agave (Agave TEQUILINA Weber), there are at least a dozen Agave's that can produce a good Mezcal. Some people prefer a smoky mezcal. Mezcal also has a higher alcohol content.
They make a nice house plant too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Along with Aloes!
Well apart from two excellent pictures your notes ar really interesting as well Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Brian! I'm glad you think so!
A very useful plant - I visited a tequila factory in Mexico on one occasion and they showed how the sap was harvested.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed! That must have been pretty interesting!
There are also many agaves here, of course they are plants introduced in the past but it seems that here they found the ideal place to grow, I did not know all the properties of this plant.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh I'm so pleased you have some of these! They are so amazing!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 12 Jan 2018, 04:05
Awesome detail captured in these agave!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much - I just love them!

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