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Tobacco College: Seeds & Plants

 
Tobacco PlantCRIOLLO

While there are many Cigar Tobacco Varietals, the in-depth Curriculum on Growing, Nurturing, and Harvesting Cigar Tobaccos will focus on the two most famous seed varietals in the history of cigars: Corojo and Criollo. Their descendants are in most premium cigars made today. While many hybrids have been created over the years [in and outside of Cuba], these two legendary seed strains make excellent specimens for serious study.
  • Origins date back to the time Columbus discovered the "New World"
  • Traditionally used as filler and binder plant
  • Grown under direct sunlight to amplify the variety and intensity of flavors
  • For generations, the Criollo plant produced 4 of the 5 leaves in a "Havana" cigar
    • Corojo wrapper leaves are the 5th
  • Produces 6 to 7 pairs of leaves
  • Ligero: leaves at the top of the plant are the strongest and fuller flavored, due to direct sunlight (Heavier Sun = Heavier Tobacco)
  • Leaves toward the bottom of the plant are more subtle in flavor and strength
    • Seco: used as filler
    • Capote: used for binder
    • Volado: used as filler
  • Outside of Cuba [and the Criollo Varietal], tobacco plant leaves are generally classified, from top to bottom, as:
    • CORONA - LIGERO - VISO - SECO - VOLADO



Tobacco PlantCOROJO

  • Developed in 1930s by Diego Rodriguez
  • Derived from the Criollo seed through selective breeding
  • Named after its birthplace, the farm Santa Ines del Corojo in the Vuelta Abajo region
  • Premiere wrapper for Cuban Cigars until 1990s
  • Primarily grown under shade for wrappers
  • Weakness: still susceptible to Blue-Mold, Black Shank, and other Tobacco ravaging diseases
  • Produces 8 to 9 pairs of leaves
  • Praised for its dark brown (colorado) color, uniformity, thin veins








Tobacco PlantGENERAL

In General, outside of Cuba, these plant classifications apply.



















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