Organic Agave Products: Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of all the questions we receive on our organic Agave products and answers to them. We’ve answered them as best we can, but if there’s something not covered here, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to answer it for you.
Agave is a plant which grows in tropical America and southern US. It has narrow spiny leaves and tall flower spikes. Sometimes it is called “Century Plant”, referring to the long time the plant takes to flower. Besides for food, it is also cultivated for fiber or ornaments.
Our agave syrup (also known as agave nectar), is a sweetener that can substitute sugar, honey, other artificial syrups. It has a delicious flavor that will bring the the correct amount of sweetness to your morning fruit, coffee and it will as well enrich the flavor of your favorite desserts.
Blue Agave Tequilana Weber is the most used variety of agave, this variety can be found in the regions of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, and Michoacan.
Salmeana is another variety of agave used to produce a syrup that carries its name, but this variety has a different amount of fructose.
Agave nectar is made from the sap of the agave plant. It is extracted from the heart of agave plant, called the piña. The extracted sap is filtered and then heated at a low temperature, which breaks down the carbohydrates into sugars. Lighter and darker varieties of agave nectar are made from the same plants.
The agave plant grows over 7 to 10 years. Once it is matured, the agave’s core, called the piña, flowers from the center. It is this same center that holds the sweet nectar for harvest. Agave is harvested by cutting off the leaves of the plant and collecting the piña, which resembles a huge pineapple.
Organic agave syrup is made following the standards and regulations of organic producing. These regulations insure that no chemicals or other inorganic products are used during production. That means there must be no pesticides, fungicides and no genetically modified ingredients. For a list of our certifications, see here.
1. Organic agave syrup does not have any chemical components, therefore it can be baked and it can be consumed by children, adults, athletes, and pregnant women.
2. Compared to other sweeteners, organic agave syrup does not change nor modifies flavors, but potentiates the flavor of each ingredient, dish or beverage
3. Due to its high fructose (vs. glucose) it can have a significant lower impact on blood sugar levels.
4. Organic agave syrup is gradually absorbed by the body , which prevents sudden bursts of energy that lead to fatigue.
No, there is no alcohol in our agave syrup. Though it is a product that comes from the same plant as tequila, agave syrup goes through a very different process. During its production, the juice of the agave is hydrolyzed to break the inulin chains and then transforming it to just fructose.
Agave has low glycemic index which means it raises blood sugar levels at a slower pace and can be used as an alternative sweetener to sugar. However, we always recommend consulting your physicist before consuming this product.
The main difference is that light syrup has a light, golden color, and dark syrup has a dark brown color.
During the production process, dark syrup is less filtered to keep its dark color. The time in thermal hydrolysis is longer for dark syrup than light syrup.
In the first and second steps of filtering, we use a series of filters to eliminate suspended solids. Both syrups are not refined.
Usually agave nectar or syrup comes in sterile squeeze bottle and is stored in a cool, dry place, such as the cupboards of your home. Agave nectar can also be stored in a refrigerator, if desired. In case bought in bulk, the product should be transferred to a sterile, air-tight jar.
Switter (agave powder) has 2 years, agave syrup and bottled products have 3 years, and the industrial presentations have 2 years.
AGAVE SWEET POWDER
Our agave powder sweetener is organic and a variety of the agave syrup that is dehydrated. A great amount of industrial recipes require powder sweetener to preserve the stronger textures, since this can not always be obtained with liquid sweeteners.
Our sweeter comes in 25kg sacks.
Agave powder sweetener has the same benefits as agave syrup, it is low in glycemic index, the difference is that powder is 1.3 times sweeter than regular sugar.
Our agave inulin is a prebiotic ingredient that belongs to a family of fibers known as fructans. Inulin is organic and it is extracted from the blue agave tequilana weber plant. As a dietary fiber, it helps to improve intestinal transit, reduces glycemic response, lowers blood cholesterol, and increases the bloodstream flow.
• Controls fructose levels in blood
• Reduces the development of colon cancer
• Helps reduce blood cholesterol
• Helps intestinal transit, stimulating the natural defenses of the intestinal flora
The shelf life of inulin is 3 years.
Our inulin comes packed in 25kg sacks.
OTHER AGAVE PRODUCTS
Organic means that the product has only gone through one agricultural process, in which no artificial additive nor pesticides were used. This way, the agave plant, our only raw material, grows at its own natural pace, with the necessary nutrients the environment provides. For this reason organic products can be consumed without risk of toxic substances and chemicals that are harmful to the health.
The denomination of origin sets the standard of certain products that the producers have to reach to be able to name products with their name.
Products are defined based on its geographical area, where the product must fulfill the established standards and cultural relations. This rules are established where the product grew, how is processed, and how is presented. In addition, the production is supervised to guarantee the quality and authenticity of tequilas.
Agave Wine, like agave tequila, comes from the Blue Weber agave. The main difference is in the way the beverage is produced. Tequila is made by a distillation process while agave wine is fermented and then filtered. Produced in this way it contains less alcohol than tequila. Agave wine is also known to be used for traditional Mexican Margaritas. Usually it is served chilled or with mixers.
Yes. Agave nectar is a soothing hair humectant, which provides moisture and makes hair shine.
There are many health and beauty products, such as agave oil, where agave nectar is used as one of the main ingredients.