Agave Nectar is made from the extract of the wild Agave plant and is suitable for any sweetening use. The nectar has many fine qualities. Foremost among them are the certified purity, both Organic and Kosher. Agave Nectar is wonderful as an alternative sweetener.
Health Benefits: It has a lower glycemic index than honey and although it is sweeter than honey, it offers equivalent sweetness for nearly half the amount of carbohydrate calories. In simple terms, it does not create a "sugar rush."
Uses: This new sweetener is slightly less viscous than honey, lending to its ease of use and it will not crystallize. It is high in purity and stable in composition. The light variety has a wonderfully pleasant flavor that will enhance anything it sweetens. The amber variety has a natural flavor best described as maple-like.
This pure, unrefined sweetener is a great-tasting, economical alternative to all other sweeteners, granular or liquid, perfect for all around use. It has approx 1.4 x the sweetening power of white sugar. And, Agave Nectar's mild flavor doesn't vary widely which will lend a real consistency to recipes.
History: Agave nectar is a newly created sweetener, having been developed during the 1990's. During the late 90's, a shortage of blue agave resulted in huge increases in cost and a sweetener based on this plant became uneconomical. Further research was done and a method using wild agave was developed.
Interestingly, the production of agave nectar is very similar to how a bee creates honey. The bee adds enzymes to the complex sugars of nectar, which changes it into the simple sugars making honey. It is also through enzymatic action that the complex sugar found in agave juice is changed into a simple sugar sweetener - Agave Nectar.