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Agave tequilana, commonly called blue agave is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco state in MÈxico due to its role as the base ingredient of tequila, a popular distiller spirit.
Tequila is produced by removing the heart of the plant in its twelfth year, normally wighing between 77-198 lb. This heart is stripped of leaves and heated to remove the sap, which is fermented and distilled. Other beverages like mezcal and pulque are also produced from blue and other agaves by different methods (though still using the sap).
The Bottom Line True tequila is produced only with 100% Blue Agave Tequilana Weber.
At the end of the XVIII century the illustrious naturalist from Sweden, Carl Van Linneo, gave the fist step in the scientific investigation of agave plant. It was classified the and named agave which means ìmagnificentî or ìadmirableî in Latin, and ìNobleî in Greek. Later on the Mexicana started to be known and studied.
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