Agave grows mainly in Mexico, it can also be found in all hot and dry regions. There are more than 100 varieties, they resemble yuccas and the aloe-vera family. But it is blue agave, the agavecar piña, or agave tequilana, which we are going to talk about: It is this particular plant that goes into the composition of tequila and mescal, but also agave syrup.
Agave syrup is a natural sweetener, obtained from the extraction of the sap, which grows on the volcanic soils of southern Mexico.
Agave, and the Aztecs:
Agave nectar or syrup has been used for a long time in Mexico, already known in the days of the Aztecs who appreciated its sweet and light taste. This syrup is also called agave nectar, “aguamiel” or “honey water” because it is more liquid than honey. The Aztecs used this syrup to improve food and drink but also gave the agave as an offering to the gods. Agave was also used for therapeutic purposes.