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Agave americana

Agave americana. Maguey. From ~ "Archaeological evidence indicates that agave was used as early as 12,000 years ago by Archaic foragers groups... In ancient Mesoamerica, maguey was first collected and then cultivated and used for a variety of purposes. From its leaves people obtained fibers to make ropes, textiles, as well as construction materials, and fuel. Its thorns were an important tool used as perforators in bloodletting rituals. However, the most important product obtained from maguey was a mildly alcoholic beverage called pulque, obtained by the fermentation of aguamiel, ("honey water" in Spanish), the sweet, milky juice extracted from the plant."

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Taken on May 27, 2011