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Maguey Verde is a name used for many different types of agave depending on the region where the term is used. In Oaxaca, it is mostly referring to a Karwinskii agave, which puts it in the same family as maguey Madre-Cuishe, Cuishe, and Largo. There are some communities in Oaxaca, like certain areas of Miahuatlan for example, that use the name Verde to describe a sub-varietal of agave Rhodacantha (similar to maguey Mexicano). In the state of San Luis Potosi, the agave Salmiana, also commonly goes by the name maguey Verde, but it is likely referring to a different species. In Jalisco where raicilla is produced, maguey Verde can refer to agave Angustifolia which is the maguey Espadin. The naming confusion regarding agave “Verde” may exist in other regions of Mexico as well.

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