Sometimes, I guess, people think, that I am a mad man. No, really.
I guess this impression went through the head of Lito of the Dubai Garden Center, when I asked for agave leaves [blue agave, or Americana to be specific]. Lito, operation manager at the Garden Center, though was very nice and friendly and offered me that I pass by and get some.
Today I went to the plant store and met him, he is incredible nice - and I am looking forward to make so many other things, which have to do with plants and green.
When I left, I was the proud owner of a spiky blue agave.
First step taken, but what next.
I took off some leaves. I took first of all the not so nice parts - for my experiments, I don't need the whole plant [at least not at this time]. I cut very deep, that I got the thick and juicy end of the leaves.
Then I cut of the edges, which are full of "dangerous" spikes. They are really sharp, and you don't want to handle agave leaves, with the spikes intact.
I wanted to use especially the thick ends of the leaves, cut them into pieces and steamed them [to be honest I overdid it a bit with the heat, so they became quite dry]. Then I put them into a container and vacuumed them in Tequila [Cuervo tradicional, if you would like to know the specifics] - in a chamber vacuum sealer - several times. After that agave and tequila where sealed in a vacuum bag [I thought, the tequila didn't really took up the agave aromas, so time and Dubai outdoor temperatures are here my friends].
I will report later, how it went.