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New Agave Makes the Best Tequila

Rancho Tissue Technologies has just released Weber’s Blue Agave, a wonderful plant used to make the best tequilas.

Agave tequilana is an excellent choice for growers looking to replant their fields after pulp extraction.Agave tequilana

This is a fast-growing agave that grows to 5 feet tall and wide with 3 to 4 foot long narrow leaves of a beautiful shade of blue gray and brown sharp terminal spine and margin teeth. It sends out pumps, both near the plants base and several feet away on rhizomes, so give it some room. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigate very little.

This plant needs to be grown where temperatures do not drop below 25°F or even below 27°F for extended periods so it is likely limited to southern California coastal areas or the low desert. This is the plant used in the Jalisco, Mexico as the base ingredient of the distilled spirit called Tequila where it has been cultivated since before the Spanish arrived. Other products derived from this plant include aguamiel and pulque.

It is considered a domesticated species without any wild populations known to exist. In Jalisco this plant is grown in well drained soils at moderate altitudes of 4,500 feet or higher.

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