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Magueyes y Mezcales of the Sonoran Desert - A Hands-On Approach to the Revival of Agave Heritage in the Tucson Basin

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For centuries, many types of agaves have been used by the peoples of the Americas. In southern Mexico they call it “El Árbol de las Maravillas,” the Tree of Wonders.

In this presentation, we cover the basics of agave uses - from food, fiber, and fermented drinks, to fashion and fabulous spirits! Mezcal, Tequila, Raicilla, Bacanora, Sotol... which is which? Starting with a personal perspective, explore the history and importance of agaves in Sonora and Arizona. This also serves as an introduction to the revival of agave use and its heritage in the Tucson area. How does the Sonoran Desert measure up with Jalisco and Oaxaca, the major producers of Mezcal in Mexico?

Price: Free with Museum Admission 

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