Agave with Life Sucked Out
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
This summer I was reading about making mescal from agave. One of the first steps is to find a agave that is shooting up a stalk and snip the stalk. By cutting the stalk the plant will swell as opposed to putting all it's energy into making a giant stalk. Later the agave can be uprooted and the heart harvested. Here is what happens to the plant if you don't cut the stalk.