We have noticed that a lot of our folks drink a lot of sugary soda. At the grocery we see carts just full of soda. The water on Big Ugly can have a sulfur smell which many people find objectionable, so people drink a lot of other things. We also seem to have a lot of dental problems and Type 2 diabetes. The question becomes “how do we encourage people to drink healthier?” We tried not just talking but fixing and offering people tea with agave. Agave is from the plant which is more commonly known as the Century plant. This plant blooms only once in many years, thus it is called Century plant and folks believe it only blooms once each century. Also it is the close cousin to the aloe plant that is the basis for a lot of sunburn remedies. The juice from the agave is collected and becomes a syrup which tastes a lot like honey. The cool thing is that it mixes with cold liquids with just stirring. Also, agave has a low glycemic index and does not cause spikes in blood sugar.
So Judith made some of her tea with agave for our meeting. It went well and could be made with easily available ingredients. She gave out recipes for using agave in place of other sweeteners.