Agave nectar, pronounced “ah-gah-vay”, is a syrup made from the Agave plant, the same plant that tequila is made from. Ole! The agave plant is a succulent with large spikes and resembles a cactus.
Agave has a honey-like flavour and is an alternative to sugar for those who want to cut down on their sugar intake. It also has a low glycaemic index which helps to control blood/sugar levels. For tips on how to substitute agave in baked goods and to know what quantities to use, click here.
In order to breakdown the plant carbohydrates into sugar the nectar is heated slightly, although it is still considered to be a raw food as it is heated at such low temperatures.
Agave comes in two shades, light and dark. The difference is that the lighter syrups have been heated less and undergo a more thorough filtration process. The dark syrups are heated more and are filtered less giving it a stronger flavour.
Tea for Six’s homemade agave marshmallows
Here is a delicious recipe for homemade agave marshmallows. You will have to scroll down a bit to get to the recipe but there are plenty of beautiful recipes and pictures along the way!