agave americana


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A desert emergency food used for production of sugar and syrup. Common landscaping ornamental plant, looks like Aloe, but thicker leaves, (not related to aloe) sometimes more bluish or grey-green, or whitish sharp spikes. When it flowers, a thick vertical stem shoots out of the middle straight up, (sometimes to 40ft!) (12m) with clusters of tubular yellow-green flowers which are edible. They take a long time until they flower, sometimes years. These center stalks are edible when young. Leave a hole where the stalk used to be and it will fill with sap, “agave syrup”, a sweetener. The “heart” is edible- the clump between leaves and root. Leaves can be eaten but aren’t that great NOTE: juice is caustic and can cause skin rash and burn eyes. Best to cook or roast the leaves, then eat, spitting out the fiber. Juice can be boiled to make soap that lathers. Sap is antiseptic, used for diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, diuretic. Root can be boiled and eaten but handle carefully when raw- quite caustic. Roots used to treat syphilis. Unlike other plants, agaves are better the older they get. Seeds, roots, heart can be ground into flour. Water in which agave leaf fiber has been soaked for a day can be used as a scalp disinfectant and tonic for people losing hair. Steroid drug precursors are obtained from the leaves. Edible ones- americana, atrovirens, cantala, chrysantha, complicata, crassipina, deserti, palmeri, paryi, salmiana, scabra, shawii, sisalana, tequilana, utahensis. Non edible- A. lechuguilla.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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The flower stalks and the base leafs of the agave americana plant make for good food sources as they can be safely consumed after roasting.
This preliminary study revealed the potential of agave Americana leaves and their richness of phytochemicals confirmed their uses as naturel antioxidant and justify their medicinal values.
This work has revealed that after screening step, the response surface methodology was a useful tool to determine the optimal experimental conditions of soluble and insoluble fibres extraction from Agave americana leaves.
The bacterial strains ACO-R05, ACO-R19, ACO-R35, and ACO-R62 were selected from 235 strains, which were isolated previously from the rhizosphere of Agave americana. They were preselected for their potential as biofertilizers and were provided by the 'Instituto Tecnologico de Tuxtla Gutierrez'.
A striped tuxedo agave (Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba') is the star among orange Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' and smaller succulents in this Southern California coastal garden.
This insect also has been reported as an important pest of other commercial crops (Agave tequilana Weber, Agave americana var.
CreAte an exotic backdrop with drought-tolerant plants such as Agave americana Variegata, Aeonium arboreum Zwartkop and Cordyline australis and add fast-growing cannas.
The Agave americana marginata, commonly known as the century plant, has reached a stunning height of 25ft 9ins at the gardens in Edgbaston.
One plant we saw lots of in Cornwall which I have been growing at Erddig for some years now is Agave americana. We use them as architectural plants plunged into urns during the summer months.
But it also needs solid form from plants like fuchsias, camellias, rhododendrons, and the sculptural century plant (Agave americana) with its huge cutlass-shaped leaves.