Regardless of your feelings about bats, you owe them a thank you. Without bats, there would be no tequila. Just as you fuel your night on the agave spirit, bats fuel their night on agave nectar. The wild bat population in Mexico is directly linked to the agave crop that produces tequila, which can only be made in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.
But thank those bats in northern Mexico now, because the relationship has seen some rough patches and is anything but certain. Here’s everything you need to know about the relationship between bats and tequila.
HOW BATS HELP TEQUILA PRODUCERS
There are 138 species of bats in Mexico, and more than 180 species of agave. Tequila can only be made with the blue agave species, while mezcal can be made with any species. In the wild, bats fly out to the agave plants, drawn to the bugs and nectar. They drink from the agave flowers, simultaneously spreading agave seeds.
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