View Full Version : Agave - dark vs light?
02-15-2006, 10:41 AM
Can someone tell me the difference between dark agave and light? in terms of taste, use, origin, etc...
Also, should agave be stored at room temp, and how long does it last once opened?
02-15-2006, 09:32 PM
The dark has a deeper, richer flavor. It would be akin to Grade A maple syrup (light) vs. Grade B (dark), if that helps.
I was told my agave would be okay left in the cupboard, but I put it in the refrigerator.
02-15-2006, 09:36 PM
Dark agave is just less filtered. I have had a lengthy conversation with Madhava regarding this subject. I am still trying to determine the secret vegan ingredient they add to agave to make it digestable. I would like to note that the Native American Indians consumed agave (still do) in raw format with no added anything. They just consumed it straight out of the cactus.
Agave should be stored in a glass jar at room temperature. The first thing I do when I get my agave is pour it into glass jars and vacuum seal them. It is not necessary to vacuum seal them, this is just part of my routine.
Your agave should last quite a while, it has a natural preservative in it. If you would like to purchase really raw agave, please click here (http://www.alissacohen.com/agavenectar.html) to purchase it from Alissa Cohen.
02-15-2006, 11:22 PM
I like the dark much better - it tastes a little like maple syrup and gives dishes you use it in the most amazing flavour. Dark is filtered about 7 times to get light agave. Dark is also reputed to have more minerals (makes sense).
02-16-2006, 06:50 AM
I like the Yacon Syrup more than Agave. It is a very dark rich tasting sweetner. It is not as glycemic to me.
02-16-2006, 08:37 AM
thanks for the good info everyone. (She kicks herself for having bought the light instead of the dark). I'm also not much into sweet stuff, so it'll take me forever to use. The yacon sounds good, next time will have to get that as well as the dark agave.
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