|Agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay), the the plant from which tequila is made, is also the plant from which Agave Nectar is produced. The nectar (also called agave syrup) made from the agave plant is known in Mexico as aguamiel, or "honey water."
Sap is extracted from the Agave piña, filtered, and heated at a low temperature, which breaks down the carbohydrates into sugars in the process of making agave nectar.
Agave is 1.4 to 1.6 times as sweet as sugar, says Sabra Van Dolsen, president of Colibree Co., an Aspen, Colo., company that sells Nekutli brand agave nectar.
|Producers and Suppliers of Agave Nectar or Syrup
Nekutli Agave Nectar - The Colibree Company has been involved in the commercial development of Agave Nectar since 1995 and in fact coined the term Agave Nectar. Over the years, we have developed the market for Agave Nectar; we identified many of its applications and were pioneers in educating food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, bars, and countless individual consumers on its use as an ingredient Nekutli Agave Nectar is high in fructose. It is sweeter than refined sugar (approximately 1.4 times sweeter). http://www.agavenectar.com/
Tres Agaves Agave Nectar - Our cocktail-ready agave nectar, made with organic agaves, is the original and only agave sweetener on the market created specifically for Margaritas and other mixed drinks. We've balanced it with just enough purified water so it measures, pours, and dissolves easily, with a consistent sweetness level, making it the finest simple syrup available. Just add TRES AGAVES 100% Agave Tequila and unsweetened lime juice for the ultimate fresh Margarita! - http://www.tresagaves.com/products/agave
Articles about Agave Nectar or Syrup
Agave Syrup May Not Be So Simple
By LAURA JOHANNES
Agave is not just for tequila anymore. The sap from the Mexican plant is now increasingly being sold as a natural sweetener called agave nectar.
Agave Nectar: Worse Than We Thought
Written by Sally Fallon Morell and Rami Nagel
April 30 2009
"agave “nectar” is not made from the sap of the yucca or agave plant but from the starch of the giant pineapple-like root bulb. The principal constituent of the agave root is starch, similar to the starch in corn or rice, and a complex carbohydrate called inulin, which is made up of chains of fructose molecules
The Truth About Agave - WebMd.com - The bottom line is that refined agave sweeteners are not inherently healthier than sugar, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, or any other sweetener. Nutritionally and functionally, agave syrup is similar to high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose (Karo) syrup. It does contain small amounts of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, but not enough to matter nutritionally.
The Great Agave Nectar Debate
Agave nectar has come under some fire lately, and a recent report from The Weston A. Price Foundation basically says that it’s as bad for our bodies as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
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