Agave nectar – also known as agave syrup, or Aztec honey syrup – comes from the sap of the cactus-like, Mexican agave plant. This agave syrup is amber-coloured with herbaceous aromas, intense sweetness and a maple syrup-like consistency. The nectar is extracted from the leaves and heart of agave plants. Agave nectar is an entirely natural product – no natural sweeteners, and famously low-ranking on the glycemic index.
Agave plants were considered to be sacred by the Aztecs. They were offered to the gods, fabric was made from the plant fibre and paper was made from the pulped leaves. Now the plant is perhaps most famous for tequila production, and, of course, sweet agave nectar. The agave nectar can be flavoured with ginger, lavender, rose, saffron, vanilla, and even Espelette pepper. Agave syrup and lime is a delicious combination, often used in dressings and marinades. And agave syrup is also great in cocktails, as a sweetener for tea, on pancakes, in oatmeal flapjacks and with granola.
agarve nectar can be used as an alternative to sugar in water kefir brewing