Making pulque

The pulque process begins just as the mature plant prepares to send its flowering stalk 20 feet in the air. After the plant has been selected the floral embryo is killed by puncturing it with a sharp object.

Here, amaguey plant whose flower bud has been killed in preparation for creating the cavity in which the plant sap, aguamiel, will collect. The plant is kept at this stage for several months before creating the cavity.