Organic Agave Nectar from Madhava: Review and Giveaway (Ends 6/2) CLOSED

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Madhava Honey Company has been making honey for over 30 years. Located in Colorado, Madhava offers two distinct lines of honey: Mountain Gold and Ambrosia. The company recently added a new sweetener to the product line - agave nectar.

Madhava's agave nectar is a natural sweetener made from the juice of the agave. It is harvested from plants in the high desert region of Central Mexico, where many of the plants grow wild. Madhava's agave nectar is certified organic and kosher. It is also gluten and allergen free, and has a low glycemic index (GI) of 32. If you've ever had to watch your blood sugar, you probably know that table sugars and whole wheat products, for example, fall in the medium GI range. The highest GI of 100 belongs to straight glucose.

I was fascinated to read this description of how agave nectar is obtained:

The raw agave juice is regularly harvested from living plants by Indian peoples native to central Mexico. To do so, they must slice off the top of the plant and hollow out its core. Then the plant is capped with a stone. The pineapple shaped agave plant secretes its nectar into the center of the plant, rather than into flowers like most plants do. It collects in the hollow center for several days, after which the milky white "juice" is removed by ladle, one plant at a time. In a way it is similar to tapping a tree for maple syrup collection.

Madhava sent me a sampler case of their agave nectar, including a bottle of Light Agave Nectar and one each of all flavored varieties: Maple, Blueberry, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Irish Creme, Amaretto, Raspberry and Cappuccino. They come in 11.75 oz squeeze bottles that are just the right size for daily use. Everyone in my family loved the agave nectar! We sweetened yogurt and smoothies, drizzled on pancakes and crepes, spread on toast. I enjoyed a few drops in my coffee and tea. I must admit that now agave nectar is right up there with honey as my two favorite sweeteners.

Agave nectar is very versatile and can be used to replace other sweeteners in baking and cooking. I found it dissolved easily, even in cold drinks. It is sweeter than sugar - I learned that agave nectar has approximately 1.4 times the sweetening power of white sugar. For this reason, you'd need to use less - ¾ cup agave nectar per 1 cup other sweetener. I did not try Madhava's Agave Nectar in baking but according to information from the company, its moisture retention properties are comparable to those of honey.

If you are curious about agave nectar, I suggest you check out Madhava's site dedicated specifically to this wonderful product. They have a variety of recipes that I personally plan to try.

The Giveaway
Madhava are generously giving away a sampler case with nine (9) bottles of Organic Agave Nectar to a reader of this blog! The prize will include all varieties I reviewed.

To enter, please browse their selection and comment below what product(s) you'd like to try.

For extra entries, you may do any or all of the following:
  • check out these agave nectar recipes and share what you'd like to make; 
  • visit the store locator and tell us where you can buy Madhava's agave nectar near you;
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway – you can do this once a day, feel free to copy and paste: "Win 9 bottles of delicious #organic agave nectar from Madhava! #Giveaway ends 6/2 @aitmama #contests #win #eco http://tiny.cc/iaf5h";
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is June 2, 2010, 11:59pm EST. A winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or an alternate will be chosen. Open to those 18+ with mailing addresses in the U.S. Subject to the official rules of this site.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours.

175 comments:

  1. Armenia said...

    I would love to try the Ambrosia honey and Hazelnut Agave nectar.

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  2. Barb said...

    I would to try the irish cream nectar.

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  3. Barb said...

    I would like to try the whole grain buttermilk pancakes

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  4. Barb said...

    I canbuy it at the Whole Foods Food Chain which has several stores in MN.

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  7. Anonymous said...

    i'd like to also try the honey- ambrosia.
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  8. Anonymous said...

    i'd like to try the black bean brownies- sounds interesting!
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  11. KBraden said...

    I would want to try Ambrosia honey

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  12. MICHELL said...

    What a great giveaway!! I would like to try the Hazel Nut

  13. MICHELL said...

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  16. Maureen said...

    I'd like to try the clover honey.

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  17. Maureen said...

    I would like to try the wholegrain buttermilk pancakes.

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  18. Maureen said...

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  23. heathergfox2003 said...

    clover and wildflower

  24. jeske_posse said...

    I'd like to try the different honeys so that I could compare the flavors!!
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  25. jeske_posse said...

    There's no retail shop near me;-(

  26. Tala said...

    I'd like to try the Avocado Mousse.

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  27. valerie2350 said...

    I love agave and would also like to try their high altitude honey.

  28. valerie2350 said...

    toasted pumpkin vanilla bars sound yummy

  29. valerie2350 said...

    I can get it at whole foods :)

  30. Anne J said...

    I'd like to try the Ambrosia honey
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  37. Diane said...

    I want to try the clover honey and irish cream nectar...they sound yummy!!!!!!

  38. Diane said...

    Says i can find at shaws.....i will have to look tonight :)

  39. Barb, Diabetic Snacker said...

    OMG I about fell off the chair when I saw you get all 9 bottles! I've been wanting to try this! I'm diabetic so these would be a great fit for me in my recipes. I'd also like to try their Honey products.

  40. Barb, Diabetic Snacker said...

    I'd like to make the diabetic friendly pie crusts they mention plus other's.

  41. Barb, Diabetic Snacker said...

    I couldn't locate a local store for Indiana. So I guess I'd have to go with my favorite online store Amazon.

  42. Anne J said...

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  43. mandala said...

    I'd like to try the Agave Pecan Pie (Recipe courtesy of Lori, Diabetic Diva) because I am diabetic

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  44. mandala said...

    I'd like to try their honey products particularly the Ambrosia

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  45. mandala said...

    I could get Agave products from Safeway

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  51. bison61 said...

    I'd love to try the cinnamon spread

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  52. throuthehaze said...

    I would love to make the banana bread
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  53. throuthehaze said...

    I would love to try the Madhava 100% Pure Organic Agave Nectar with Organic Raspberry Flavoring
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  54. throuthehaze said...

    I would have to buy mine from Amazon
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  60. Kristen said...

    I would have to buy on Amazon.com since there are no stores near me.

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  61. Kristen said...

    I would try "Another Pecan Pie".

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  62. Anne J said...

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  63. Money Saving Maine-iac said...

    Our son is sure the clover honey will be great to try!

  64. Money Saving Maine-iac said...

    I'll be able to purchase these products at our local Shaw's or Whole Foods Stores.

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  66. Money Saving Maine-iac said...

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  67. Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

    OHh I would love to make the pumpkin vanilla bars
    http://www.madhavasagave.com/RecipeDetail.aspx?RecipeID=62

  68. Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

    The hazelnut looks wonderful!

  69. Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

    I could find Madhava at the whole foods near me in Coral Gables

  70. grahamcracker03 said...

    I would love to try the irish cream nectar

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  71. jenna said...

    i want to try the irish cream nectar

  72. jenna said...

    I can buy these at my local Sunflower Market

  73. jenna said...

    I would like to make the whole grain buttermilk pancakes

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  81. Jay said...

    I would like to try the vanilla!
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  82. Anne J said...

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  83. ms mel said...

    i'd like to try their Madhava Cinnamon Honey Spread and beeswax candles too -- thank you for the chance!

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  84. ms mel said...

    i'd love to make some Toasted Pumpkin Vanilla Bars!

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  85. ms mel said...

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  87. Anne J said...

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  88. Mikki said...

    I would absolutely use this to try the chipotle barbecue sauce recipe, man that sounds delish!

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  89. Mikki said...

    I'd love to try the raspberry or hazelnut honey, sounds sooo good!

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  90. Mikki said...

    They sell this at a few places near me, including Giant, Shop Rite, and online at Amazon.com

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  94. Amanda said...

    I would love to try the Ambrosia honey!
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  95. Amanda said...

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  111. ohiostate92 said...

    the blueberry agave nectar sounds like it might be yummy on pancakes and waffles!

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  112. ohiostate92 said...

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  121. Sarah said...

    I'd love to try the vanilla and the blueberry.

  122. Sarah said...

    i think my closest location (according to that link) is the whole foods an hour away :(

  123. Sarah said...

    Ooh the raspberry sorbet

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  132. The Bookworm said...

    I could buy it at Safeway or Whole Foods!

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  133. The Bookworm said...

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  140. anniemos said...

    I would love to try the Cappuccino Agave- sounds so yummy :P I follow on twitter @annimos

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  142. Corrie said...

    I have been using Madhava Agave for years, I love the Light because you can sweeten anything you would sweeten with sugar. Can't wait to try the Irish Cream.

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  159. ag78 said...

    I would love to try the maple agave for sure!

  160. ag78 said...

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  162. tina reynolds said...

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  165. tina reynolds said...

    I would like to try the Hazel Nut thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  166. Nancy said...

    I'd like to try their High Altitude Wild Flower Honey.

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  167. Nancy said...

    From their recipe list, I'd like to try the Lemon Meringue Pie recipe.

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  170. Nancy said...

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  173. Susan said...

    I'd love to try the Maple Agave Nectar
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  174. Susan said...

    I'd like to try the Margarita using Agave Necar.
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  175. Susan said...

    I can find Madhava Agave Nectar at Whole Foods and Safeway.

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