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.
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