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Word Travels - Behind the Scenes - Mexico by Julia Dimon
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Behind the Scenes - Mexico
by Julia Dimon / Published January 7 2009
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Julia is Attacked by the poisonous Agave
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Standing in an agave field, at the Jose Cuervo Tequila plantation, I was interviewing one of the world’s most famous harvesters. To demonstrate how heavy the agave core (or pina) is, I decided to pick one up. It looks like a giant pineapple. Struggling to hoist the agave up, I discover…it’s too late. The toxic slime made contact with my skin, causing a painful burn. Struggling not to scratch, I was given a traditional ointment, but that wouldn’t prevent the unsightly, blistering white rash that was soon to follow. This is the stuff you don't see on tv - julia

 



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