|History of the Agave
The plant that gave rise to Best Ground
The pre-Hispanic plant agave, father of tequila, mezcal, and pulque, has been an icon in Mexican culture, religion and cuisine. The agave plant has provided shelter, food, and clothing for the Mexican population since ancient times thanks to the more than 136 common varieties, of which there are known 26 subspecies, 29 varieties and 7 forms, according to researcher Cristina Barros.
She also stated that they grow in semi-arid climates in average temperatures of 22 ° C and generally at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,000 meters above sea level. A legend tells that the remains of a pre-hispanic goddess, Mayahuel, were buried by the Mesoamerican God Quetzalcoatl. From these remains emerged the first agave plant which provided humankind with products that gave them joy and pleasure.
The plant was adopted by the ancient cultures of Mexico to be used primarily in the manufacture of various traditional beverages such as pulque, obtained from the fermentation of agave juice, as well as tequila and mezcal, a result of the distillation of the juice from the agave.
Montserrat Sánchez Soler, Director of Casa Museo Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Studio, recounted that after the fall of México-Tenochtitlán to the hands of the Spanish Empire in 1521, the Spanish conquistadors admired the virtues of the agave to such an extent that the Governor and Capitan General of New Spain, Hernán Cortés, reported its existence to the Emperor Carlos V in his second report, the “Segunda Carta de Relación”.