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Tobacco College: Growing, Nurturing, & Harvesting

 
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Maturation: a tobacco plant’s leaves mature from the bottom up. Mature leaves, depending on their location on the plant, contain different chemical and organic properties (see Criollo plant section). A mature leaf will...
  • lay horizontally on the plant
  • have a yellowish center vein
  • cut away from the plant "like butter"
Harvesting: The herculean task of harvesting tobacco leaves begins by picking 2 to 3 leaves at a time, once a week [starting from the bottom]. The process of staggering the leaf harvest is called Priming.

Advanced Academic Content

Stalk-Cut: typically used on Broadleaf varietals.
Stalk-Priming: a nearly forgotten Cuban technique.

Priming Process

Stock Cut

Stock Priming






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