Guide to Growing Agave Geminiflora

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Those who have a passion for growing desert tropical plants will delight in the agave geminiflora.  Outdoor hardy only in USDA zones 9 and 10, northern gardeners will be happy to learn that it also is an excellent container plant. Typical of desert plants, the agave is a straightforward plant to grow.  Tolerant of full … Read more

How To Grow Agave Stricta

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The agave stricta, also called the hedgehog agave, is a dramatic and small plant characterized by its striking symmetrical rosettes of evergreen leaves.  This narrow, spine-tipped plant spreads to produce attractive colonies, and each hedgehog-like rosette has a crooked, tall flowering stem before it dies.  The next rosette in line then grows to take its … Read more

Agave Syrup Glycemic Index

Agave Nectar Syrup Glycemic Index

What is the Agave Syrup Glycemic Index? The Agave Syrup glycemic index is a way of measuring foods’ relative impact on blood sugar levels. Foods with a high glycemic index have carbohydrates that the body can quickly convert to sugar, making them more likely to cause a quick rise in blood sugar. For example, many … Read more

Health Benefits of Agave Nectar

Health Benefits of Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar has been used for centuries as a flavoring, though native populations have also been aware of its health benefits and used it medicinally. The Aztecs used a mixture of agave nectar and salt as a dressing for wounds and a balm for skin infections, and agave’s use as a folk remedy persists today. … Read more

Agave Nectar Drink Recipes

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Agave Mojito 3 oz. white rum 2 Tbsp. light agave nectar 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 2 limes) 40 spearmint leaves 1 can (12 oz.) chilled club soda 1 dozen ice cubes 1 Place rum, agave nectar, lime juice, and mint in a small bowl and crush mint with pestle or back of … Read more

Substituting Agave Nectar for Other Sugar

Substituting Agave Nectar for Liquid Sweeteners

Are you what some people would consider a sugar addict? Do you have an unbelievable sweet tooth that you can’t seem to get control over? If so, you most likely understand how bad certain sugar types can be for your body. While people have been using white sugar for as long as any of us … Read more

Agave vs Honey vs Maple Syrup

agave nectar vs honey vs maple syrup

Agave nectar is most easily substituted for liquid sugars since it is already in liquid form, and the difference in moisture will usually be negligible. Because of its lower glycemic index, it makes an excellent substitute for many natural and refined liquid sugars, including: honey maple syrup brown rice syrup corn syrup Agave Nectar vs. Honey … Read more

Agave Nectar vs Granulated Sugar

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Agave makes a good substitute for sugar for a variety of reasons. Agave nectar is real sugar, as opposed to an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener. It has properties similar to many sugars with one important exception: its glycemic index is significantly lower. This makes it a healthier alternative to many processed AND natural sweeteners, including: white … Read more

Agave Nectar Vs Artificial Sweeteners

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It can be a challenge for even experienced cooks to substitute artificial sweeteners for sugars without compromising food quality or palatability. An artificial sweetener may be suitable for reducing the caloric content and glycemic index of a dish, but they lose their usefulness in many other culinary applications where a sugar is needed for more … Read more