Strict Laws Govern These 10 Products
Some food and drinks are so tied to a region that they simply aren’t as good if they’re made anywhere else. In order to protect consumers from being duped into buying lesser versions (and to build up their national products), many countries have passed laws establishing particular methods of making these delicacies, from beer in Germany to mozzarella in Italy. Here’s what you need to know before enjoying some of the world’s most famous food products.
While lots of different types of mezcals can be made from agave plants, in order to be called Tequila, the spirit must be at least 51 percent made from Weber Blue Agave plant, explains Antonio Rodriquez, the production manager of Patrón Spirits Company. These agave plants take six to eight years to mature, and can grow as tall as 12 feet before they’re harvested for cooking and distillation. A Consejo Regulador del Tequila (Tequila Regulatory Council) has been created to protect tequila standards worldwide, and to be true tequila, the drink can only be produced within five designated regions in Mexico — including the state of Jalisco, where the red volcanic soil is particularly good for growing agave.