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Mexico's Tequila Production Craft

Posted on October 30, 2013
Jimador Harvests the Heart Photograph by Elliott D. Woods for Bloomberg Businessweek

A jimador uses a coa to harvest the piña (heart) of blue agaves used to make tequila. There are not currently any industrial methods for agave harvesting, so jimadores and their traditional tools are vital to the tequila industry. Jimadores harvest hundreds of thousands of agaves each year, and they are also the first line of defense against potentially devastating insect infestations and fungal infections in the agave fields.
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