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What is tequila made from?

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Tequila is made from mature blue agave plants. Blue agave takes up to 10 years to mature, and 17 pounds of fruit is needed to make 1 liter of tequila. The drink takes its name from the city of Tequila, where much of the beverage is distilled.

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The pi��as, or cores, of the agave can weigh up to 135 pounds and are harvested by hand. Jimador is the name given to a person who harvests agave. The pi��as are split and steamed in pressure cookers for at least 12 hours, producing a clear liquid. This liquid is distilled twice, leaving a high-proof tequila that is then diluted to reach the proper proof.

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