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That's a lot of tequila

Mexican farmers called "jimadores" taking a break alongside their harvested agave plants after setting a Guinness world record for the most jimadores - 251 - working at the same time and in the same place, in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday.

The work of jimadores involves identifying and harvesting ripe agave plants for the production of tequila and mezcal.

Using a coa de jima - a flat-bladed knife at the end of a long pole that resembles a hoe - the jimadores first remove the flower of the agave, which causes its central "pineapple", or pina, to swell.

Once this occurs, the pina is harvested by the jimadores, who use the coa de jima to remove all of the pina's leaves.

This leaves behind a pulpy centre, which is later chopped up and cooked to prepare tequila or mezcal.

The farmers involved in Sunday's record-setting event set the new record during the 22nd Traditional Mariachi Meeting.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2015, with the headline 'That's a lot of tequila'. Print Edition | Subscribe