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Pick Of The Week: Arizona's Ancient Agaves

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Pick Of The Week: Arizona's Ancient Agaves

Pick Of The Week: Arizona's Ancient Agaves

Pick Of The Week: Arizona's Ancient Agaves

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Perhaps best known as the source of tequila, agaves were an important crop long before the invention of the margarita. Botanist Wendy Hodgson says pre-Columbian farmers cultivated agaves for food as far back as 800 A.D.

Go into the Arizona desert.

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