DECEMBER & JANUARY
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.