It's National Tequila Day!
Loving this shot by @cosasalvaje
of the harvesting of the agave plant, used in the production of tequila.
Tequila is a very unique spirit. It can only be produced, by law, in five parts of Mexico—Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. The tequila itself is distilled from the agave plant.
Specifically, tequila is distilled from the blue Weber agave (or simply, tequila agave), which naturally produces large amounts of the sugars needed to release the alcoholic beverage. It can only be harvested 6-12 years after it grows to full maturity. From the finicky agave plant comes the piña, or heart (pictured on the donkey's back), which is the only part used in the distillation process and can range in weight from 80-200 pounds.
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