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Agave Seed Banks

August 22, 2023 | Anna Bruce

Two projects show why seed banks are crucial to the future of agave

As the well of mezcal grows around the world, so does the ocean of agave. Here in Oaxaca waves of espadin roll as far as the eye can see. Espadin is the prevalent ‘domesticated’ variety, and it makes sense that there is a glut of it being grown and distilled to satisfy the market. However, historically Oaxaca, and other agave distilling regions have explored and worked with the great diversity of plants that grow wild. 

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