September 22, 2014 Dinorah Matias-Melendez

5 Amazing Facts To Know About Agaves

Many times we see a plant multiple times and like it, but donot know any interesting detail that could make it even more special. Here I share 5 facts that will make you seen agave in a different way, and that will make you look like an expert among your friends. But also can be used as an interesting conversation starter in your next gathering that have any agave or tequila on site.

Agave

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:: Agaves are strong succulents unique to our new world desserts.

:: Agaves spend their entire life collecting energy to generate the only, and extraordinary, single flower spike they are able to produce.

:: They die young after fulfilling their cycle in nature. Agaves die after the flower fades, all their energy is required for this single act.

Zacatecas_ DMM Studio

Photo taken on my trip to Zacatecas, Mexico.

:: Guess what? Tequila is made only from Agave. Some people think tequila is made from any cacti/succulent, but that’s not correct.

To learn about how agaves are pollinated and by who (Hint: bats 🙂 go here. My friend Angelica is doing her PHD all about the bats that are essential to agave existence.

:: Agave is a succulent, not a cactus. Cacti are considered succulents, but not all succulents are considered a cactus.

Xo,

Dinorah

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About the Author

Dinorah Matias-Melendez Founder & principal of DMM Studio, LLC, a NYC-based architectural & landscape firm that designs sustainable & contemporary spaces that uplift the user's experience. She holds a B.S. in Architecture, a M.S. in Landscape Design, and a LEED accreditation that validates her eco-sound expertise. She ♥ animals, living in NYC and ✈ around the world.