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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 Agave karwinskii. 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. In Jalisco where raicilla is produced, Maguey verde can refer to Agave angustifolia which would make it related to the Maguey espadin. The naming confusion regarding Maguey “verde” may exist in other regions of Mexico as well.

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