"All tequila is made from the blue agave plant. To create tequila, jimadores, or agave farmers, harvest agave plants after six to ten years of growth. Once harvested, the jimadores cut away the pencas, or leaves, of the agave to ensure that only the sweetest juices of the heart of the agave, the piña, remain. The agave are then cut into pieces and cooked in masonry ovens until they are soft."