One thing checked off the list

I am happy to announce that I am now the proud owner of my very own maguey plant. He stands from root to tip about a foot tall and is a beautiful bluish-green colour.

We stopped to look at plants in Cuernavaca this weekend. I was beginning to give up hope that I would find a healthy plant that was a good price (others I’d found ran anywhere from 150 to 300 pesos in the city).

As I began looking around at the other offerings I found it, hiding under some long grasses that had fallen over. The maguey was a beautiful colour and really well-formed. Bracing myself for the bad news I asked the price…

30 pesos!

Of course I bought it and have since brought it to its new home in Mexico City.

I’ve also given it a name. From here on out it shall be called Juan Vázquez Peréz Dominguez de la Rosa Henriquez y Castilla, or Juanito for short!

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Maguey Pulquero

I realize that this may not be the most realistic thing to have on my wish list, especially seeing as how these plants grow to become enormous and I live in a little apartment with a teensy tiny balcony! I don’t care! I want it!

I think it’s dusty bluish-green colour is gorgeous and I can’t think of a more enduring symbol of Mexico. The Maguey is found from the very north of the country to the south.

The particular variety that I want is where the alcoholic drink Pulque comes from. Though I’m not a fan of Pulque, the Maguey suits me just fine.

Isn’t it beautiful? Would you put one in your home? Am I crazy? lol

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