In Mexico and Central America, grows a monster of a plant known as the Blue AGAVE. It is a succulent, like a cactus or yucca plant. If you can imagine an Aloe Vera plant weighing hundreds of pounds and as tall as a man, then you have an idea of what this AGAVE plant is like. There are literally hundreds of different species of AGAVE, it is an ancient plant that has been known for its food value for thousands of years. Some claim that it is a gift from the Aztec gods. Until recently, it has probably been best known as the plant from which tequila is distilled. More recently it is becoming well known by the health conscious as a sweetener for foods.
The AGAVE NECTAR comes from the core of the plant. As the plant matures, its side leaves are cut off leaving the core and a spiky top-knot something like a pineapple plant. The core can weigh well over 100 pounds and more. The sap is then taken from the core, and is lightly heated over low temperatures breaking down the carbohydrates into simpler sugars. The lighter the AGAVE NECTAR, the more it has been filtered, and the more mild its taste is. We understand that there are a few people who don't like the taste of honey (It's really hard for us to imagine, but we hear it's true), AGAVE NECTAR may well be for them, It makes a wonderful sweetener for many purposes especially as a replacement for sugar in cooking. In spite of its mild flavor, you use less AGAVE NECTAR than sugar in recipes. A general rule of thumb is to use 2/3rds the amount of AGAVE by volume than sugar when replacing it in a recipe. It is really very nice in coffee and tea.
If you are diabetic, then you probably know AGAVE NECTAR as the blessing it is. It has a lower glycemic index than sugar or even honey; yet it has no bitter aftertaste like many artificial sweeteners do. Two Tbsp. of Agave Nectar has a glycemic index of 30, and a glycemic load of 9.6. That is little more than half that of a medium fresh apple; and two Tbsp. of AGAVE NECTAR can put a lot of sweet on something.
At any rate, AGAVE NECTAR isn't just for the health conscious or those trying to avoid sugar, the plain and simple fact is it tastes really good. You don't need an excuse to like it, it's just delicious. We hope you enjoy it.