blue agave

noun

Definition of blue agave

: a Mexican agave (Agave tequilana) that has bluish- to greenish-gray swordlike leaves with spiny margins and is typically cultivated for the production of tequila and sometimes grown as an ornamental

Examples of blue agave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add this blended mixture to a skillet with chili powder, garlic powder, blue agave, and a multi-spice seasoning. Akili King, Vogue, "Tabitha Brown Shares Her Favorite Vegan Chili Recipe, Just in Time for Fall," 6 Sep. 2020 This species, whose habitat ranges from the American Southwest to central and southern Mexico, pollinates the blue agave plant — the key ingredient in tequila. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "6 reasons why bats aren't enemies: They help make tequila, and other surprising facts you may not know," 14 June 2020 Mezcal can be made by distilling more than 30 different varieties of agave, while tequila is only made from blue agave. CBS News, "A mezcal brand founded by three friends is promoting female empowerment and changing the game," 15 Feb. 2020 Tequila is made from blue agave, a particular variety of spiny succulent native to Mesoamerica which can be found on Mexico’s dusty plains. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world Indian tequila: one man’s quest to perfect a national spirit," 31 Jan. 2020 There are hundreds of species of agave, but the blue agave is the only species used for Tequila production. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Jimadores, the shepherds of this immobile flock, spend about a decade escorting each blue agave plant to maturity. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Margaritas are available by the glass and pitcher, and made with blue agave tequila with fresh fruits and herbs, ranging from watermelon, to basil and jalapeno, to charred pineapple and cilantro, to hibiscus, and to lavender and mint. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Find Filipino food favorites in Naperville at Mesa Manila, plus more restaurant openings and closings around Chicago," 17 Sep. 2019 For reference, tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Tequila Shortage Could Be Almost Over," 7 Dec. 2019

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Blue agave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20agave. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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