Agave

Family • Agavaceae - Agave angustifolia Haw - SWORD AGAVE


Common namers

Agave (Engl.)
Dwarf aloe (Engl.)
Khetki (India)
Sword agave (Engl.)

Agave, derived from the scientific name is the adopted common name for most agave species: (1) Magey, maguey, agave, Agave americana (2) Agave, Agave angustifolia

Botany

Herb with dense rosette of sword-shaped, stiff and straight grayish green leaves with sharp-pointed tips and prickled margins. Some varieties have white-margined leaves.
Distribution
Introducted to the Philippines.
Ornamental cultivation, providing a spiny accent to gardens.

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Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Characterization of Five Typical Agave Plants Used To Produce Mezcal through Their Simple Lipid Composition Analysis by Gas Chromatography / J. Agric. Food Chem., 2009, 57 (5), pp 1933–1939 / DOI: 10.1021/jf802141d

Constituents and properties
Roots are considered diuretic and diaphoretic.

Uses
Folkloric
No known folkloric use in the Philippines.
In India, fresh juice of leaves applied externally to bruises.
Others
• Agave Nectar is a blend of two agave varieties: A salmiana and A. angustifolia.

Study Findings
• Studied as alternative gene pools to preserve Agave germplasm diversity for the production of traditional Agave spritis. source
• Mezcal: Study of five agave plants used in Mexico for mezcal production yielded sixteen fatty acids, including capric and lignoceric. Lipids included free fatty acids, ß-sitosterol and groups of mono-, di-, and triacylglycerols.

Availability
Wildcrafted.
Commerce: Agave Nectar, a low-glycemic sweetener, is a blend of two varieties: Agave salmiana and Agave angustifolia.