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Agave, also called “maguey” or “mezcal” was taken as a Sacred Plant in ancient México and had a privileged stage in religious ceremonies and in the economy of people.

Agave isn’t exclusively from Mexico, although nowhere else has been integrated to the landscape, feelings and customs of Mexican people. Spaniards saw first the plant in the Antilles and named it “maguey”
Long before the use of the Heart of the plant was discovered, the most useful part of it were its leaves (pencas) which were used to build roofs, ropes, etc. This fiber was also the raw material to make dresses and shoes.

Thorns were used as pins, needles, boring tools, and fiber tightly twisted to make cords and ropes. They made paper out of this fiber and some sort of containers.

Besides of the uses of pencas told before, they were to make fire (as a fuel), its ashes were used as soap or detergent and its sap as a cure for wounds. In fact, what was less usable was the heart of mezcal.
Scientific investigators have not come into an agreement about agave. Some of them say that in America there are up to 310 species of agave, and some others say that there are no more than 275. Yet, all of them agree that the most of its varieties are living in Mexico
Among all these species of Agave, only one is authorized for the production of Tequila and its name is “Agave Tequilana Weber” in its “Blue Variety”.

This variety comprises certain characteristics that make it quite different to the other agaves
Agave receives solar Light from 265 to 300 days a year.
Plant needs from 6 to 7 years to reach its ripeness in the climatic conditions of “Valle de Tequila” and from 7 to 9 years in the region of Los Altos de Jalisco, according to recent scientific studies.