Tequila is undoubtedly the most well recognized Mexican liquor outside of Mexico and is a staple of Mexican restaurants throughout the United States. However, many are unaware that it is a subset of a less well-known genre of alcoholic beverage: Mezcal.
Agave is a genus of plants mostly native to the hot and arid regions of the Americas, but which have now been cultivated in other parts of the Americas, Europe, and Africa. While sometimes mistaken for a type of cactus or aloe, they are distinct from these plants. Agave are fascinating and unique plants that whose history and uses extend much further than Tequila and agave nectar. Here are some things that you should know.