AGAVE genus Agave L

AGAVE genus Agave L

Is native to the south western United States and Mexico deserts, some species are native to South America. The Agave was a plant available to the Conquistadors in their conquest of the Americas of the Southwest. In a wide area of the country, traveled by the ancient people and the Spanish explorers, the Agave plant was available to the natives for thousands of years, and they learned how to use the plants wonderful properties for man to live with.

In Compostela, the natives used the Agave as a border for their gardens, to ward off animals that could eat and destroy their crops.

The height of the Agave would reach the shoulder of the average man, with leaves like sharp marginal teeth and a extremely sharp fibrous and terminal spine (approximately 1 -2 meters), the width would exceed the extended arms.

The many uses from the Agave: Hemp for rope, clothing, twine, and the needles were used for sewing. Foods: like edible paste could be made and stored for travel, and a sweetener was made from the sap. Alcoholic beverages were extracted, those are: beer, tequila and mezcal. A lubrication extracted, was used for cooking.

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