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Old 11-10-2008, 10:56 PM   #1
 
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Default Agave nectar extract help, please? *cross post*

I've posted this request in the natural forum, but thought I might have better luck/more response if I cross-posted here, too.

I've still been fiddling with homemade natural products. I've noticed that a few items I really like contain Agave Nectar Extract, so I've been looking for this online. All I've been able to locate thus far is the Agave Nectar, usually being sold as a low-glycemic sugar substitute or as an ingredient in other supplements. I'd like to purchase the already prepared extract, ideally. If I can't locate that, finding it in dried plant/herbal form would be great, too. I can make an extract from herbs, but don't know how to get a consistent solution when beginning with a liquid (nectar or juice).

I've noticed that sometimes Agave is referred to as either American Aloe or False Aloe in the course of my searches. Does anyone have any rec's on where to find the extract, plant/herb, OR advise on how to perform the extraction from the nectar? I'd be so grateful to anyone who could point me in the right direction!!

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:29 AM   #2
 
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I saw this post first, so it's the one I'll answer. After ordering it online, paying a lot plus shipping--I found it at the grocery store. I bought it at one that is more "natural" and has a natural section. But I've seen it elsewhere since that time. It's with the pancake syrup, etc. It's possible Whole Foods would have it or the health food store.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:57 AM   #3
 
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The only thing I found on Agave Extract, not syrup, is this. Apparently, Blue Agave Extract is used in home brewing & making tequila, and the websites are blocked here at work, lol!
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:26 AM   #4
 
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Thank you both so much!

I wish we'd get a Whole Foods around here- I go PJ-crazy when I read about all the neat things everyone finds there. We have a single health food store in my area. I'll be calling them as soon as I type this post.

Kathymack, was it a big process using the straight nectar? Did you "cook" it down to an extract?
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
 
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I just used the nectar as is.
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