Agave Azul or Blue Agave:

hijole(9 Sunny California)July 16, 2012

Hello cactus family wanted to share a resent gift I was offered, which is the Agave Azul , Or Blue Agave. This is the spieces tequila is made of, ok Josh & Stush either of you know how to process this ? If not no worries and hey once it sends out margaritas I'm mean pups I just might send you guys one.

At first glance I thought it was just an ordinary Agave but it has very distinct lines as far as the way it sits, straight up!!! Looking like it owns the desert, well at least next to the sagauro, LOL...

Well I will be picking her up this Weds and I'll post a picture soon after.

Greg

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cactusmcharris

Greg,

The Agave most used in Tequila production is (drumroll) Agave tequiliana. I'm involved in quality control - it's the quantity control I sometimes have trouble with.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 7:18PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

cactusmcharris, Thats it! The Tequiliana Blue Agave, or Agave Azul.
That's the one they said it was so if you can please comfirm it once I take the picture that would be nice and plus make it official.

I saw it already and he had quite a few of them Large ones and small plants some were as high as 6 or 7 feet high, I know, Wowzers... but I really am not sure, I looked it up on line and when I saw it I thought, YIP!!! That's it

Quantity Control, Dont feel like the Lone Ranger my friend your not alone on that one.

By the way do you have one of them? (the Agave's) cause I saw your bottle lol...

greg

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 7:41PM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

Can't wait to see photos. I seen a show on natgeo about tequila production. Seems once the agave is large enough you will have to butcher it. Better to just buy sum tequila.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 8:16PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

You can also use the leaves to wrap meat for good old fashioned barbacoa.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 8:42PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Ok, ironically today while visiting my local H/D look what I see, that's right with advertising saying make your own .

The ones I'm getting are way, way bigger so I guess I'll have more quantity.

My plant coming tomorow.

Greg

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 5:28PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Ok so let's talk about Happy Hour for a second, drinks are being served we just need someone who knows how to tap the fountain.

On another note aren't they some beauties I was given the cart Blanche take as many as your able I think I was a cheap way to clean up, I only took a few a couple about 2 1/2 feet high and a few pups which were just poking there face out of the momas skirt.

Cactusmcharris, so do they look like the real Mckoy ?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 7:44PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Another shot, No not a drink, another picture of my New tequiliana Agave.

Greg

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 7:48PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

One more shot I've decided to shut her down tonight.

Greg

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 7:52PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

That last pic is a beauty.

But yikes there's a lot of Ailanthus there.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 10:31PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Greg, my friend, I did have some and sold them. They are too big for me to bring in every year. I know the varigated ones grow big also but slowly. Sooner or later I will have to get rid of them also and keep some pups to start over again.
I could never cut one up to make tequilla out of it. They use only the heart of the plant not the leaves and takes a lot of plants to make a small amount of tequilla.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 3:07PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

nil13, Thanks, Hahha I had to look up Ailanthus, I had no idea what that was, But I do now I thought it was just some type of runner that was a weed and to find out it had some almost holy name "Heavens tree". Wow.

Cactusmcharris, I didnt see Hoss but little Joe said to tell you hello and to come on over for a drink and dont forget to bring MAYORAZGO when you do he'll provide the ICE.

Stush, Hey you know you can leave the lil guy in a pot and he'll stand that way for years and years but you already know that I know, So have you been getting some pretty hot weather lately?

Greg

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 6:17PM
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cactusmcharris

That's odd - my comment from last night is missing / pulled. Anyway, that's not A. t. that you have pictured there, Greg - those plants are too big.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 8:10PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Some beautiful -- but vicious looking -- agavas there.

Btw, Jeff, I did email you through GW ... hopefully you got it.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 9:17PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

cactusmcharris, My bad , the original post belongs at "No Wonder All I Can See is Catus."

I accidently posted it on this post I guess I had to much to drink.

Greg

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 9:51PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Cactusmcharris, While being sent a you tube video on the making of Tequila I did see the Agave Azul and it was about the same size as the ones I have pictured here, so I'm just saying maybe it is Agave Tequiliana, Maybe.

In any case I'm not sure but boy O boy she sure is looking good!

Paul, Beautiful, Vicious. Almost sounds like your describing a Feline, Hahaha...

Greg

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 8:35PM
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lzrddr(91360)

not sure if anyone noticed cactusmcharris' common above.. .those agaves in above photos are NOT Agave tequiliana... maybe Agave americana. Too beefy, too large a teeth and not lance-like leaves, typical of Agave tequiliana... below is a photo of Agave tequiliana (normal color) and then some varieties, plus leaf detail to show parallel leaf edges and dinky (but incredibly sharp!! spines).

Agave tequiliana normal green form

Agave tequilian 'Weber Blue' form

Agave tequliana 'Sunrise'

Agave tequiliana subtilis

close up of blue form

closer up

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 1:37PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Ok, so are all the votes in yet? Ok, So that settles it then and No one gets drinks tonight or tomorow either or ever for that matter and I do regret this everyone.

Lzrddr, Very nice display of desert plants where is that at?

Greg

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 6:40PM
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lzrddr(91360)

Some in my yard, some in the Huntington Gardens

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 12:07PM
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