Blue agave plants are native to the Jalisco region of Mexico where they grow for about 7 years before being harvested. The leaves are cut away from the mature plant, leaving a fibrous core called a piña, which resembles a pineapple, weighing up to 100 pounds. The piñas are taken to the processing plant where they are crushed to expose the inulin-rich fiber and juice. The inulin, which is not sweet by nature, requires heating to change it into a sweet liquid of simple sugars. It is then evaporated and filtered to achieve the final product. The more it is filtered, the lighter the color and the milder the flavor. Sweet Select Light Blue Agave Sweetener comes from plants that are grown to USDA Organic Standards and are GMO free.