Agave Nectar - A Natural Sweetener
Posted: Monday, March 1, 2010
Madhava's Agave Nectar is a pure and natural sweetener made from the natural juice of the agave plant. It is harvested in the high desert region of Central Mexico, where a wealth of the plants grow wild.
- Agave Nectar is very versatile and suitable for any sweetening use.
- It has both organic and kosher certification.
- It is gluten and allergen free, and has a low Glycemic Index of 32. This is significant because limiting glucose consumption is a vital concern for many people.
The light variety has a wonderfully mild and pleasant flavor that enhances anything it sweetens. It is ideal for coffee, tea, fruit smoothies and baked goods. The amber variety is best described as maple-like. Some customers also say it has a caramel or toffee-like flavor. It is less filtered than the light, and contains more of the natural minerals of the aguamiel. It adds a delicious and mysterious hint of flavor to sauces or baked goods.
This pure, unrefined sweetener is a great-tasting, economical alternative to all other sweeteners, granular or liquid, and perfect for all around use. Madhava's Agave Nectar has a long, stable shelf life and will not solidify. It pours quickly even when cold, blends and dissolves readily in all foods. It has approximately 1.4 times the sweetening power of white sugar. Also, Madhava's Agave Nectar's mild flavor is very consistent which makes it a very dependable ingredient in recipes. For baking, its moisture retention properties are comparable to those of honey. Bakers may also notice that agave adds a silky, smooth texture to their products and better definition of existing natural flavors. Agave Nectar is slightly less viscous than honey, lending to its ease of use. It dissolves easily in cold beverages as well.
Agave Nectar has become a tremendously popular everyday sweetener. In the short time since it was introduced, shoppers have discovered that it makes a wonderful addition to their kitchen cupboards. Having a jar along with the honey jar allows one to choose whichever is more suitable for a particular use. The unique flavors and qualities of honey lend themselves to many items and uses, while agave nectar complements others with even broader potential due to its mild flavor, health benefits and ease of use. Look for it in the Grocery Department and experiment with this natural sweetener.