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Cigars: From Seed to Shelf (Part I)
Written by Kevin Godbee

Monday, 09 March 2009

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Where is it Grown?
tobaccoEven the way that tobacco is grown will undoubtedly change in the future. In the past it was grown by those relatively simple Indian farmers throughout southern, central and northern America. These days though tobacco is grown by big manufacturers on vast estates, highly sophisticated and mechanized farmers in Queensland, Australia and even on small and labor intensive farms in the same areas where Christopher Columbus had his first encounter with tobacco.

When Columbus arrived in the New World tobacco cultivation had already spread north and south of the Caribbean. North American Indians were growing it and the Incas in Peru were also cultivating that early form of tobacco. These days it's grown in many parts of the world and you would be mistaken if you thought that tobacco was only a warm weather crop.  

If you were to drive through the tobacco growing areas in Queensland during winter you would never imagine that tobacco would grow there. Cold winter mornings with temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and heavy frosts on the ground would make you think that someone was joking if they told you that this was tobacco growing country ... but it is.

You see, tobacco is a perennial plant so it dies off in the autumn and sprouts again come spring so tobacco can be grown in many countries across the world. It's not just limited to the warmer climates found along the equator. That's something that was known to the early Europeans and it wasn't long after the return of Columbus that people began growing tobacco in Europe.




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-1 # bdvyJordie 2010-08-29 23:30
:cry:

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+2 # RE: Cigars: From Seed to Shelf (Part I)kenyell 2010-10-16 18:55
:-) thank u i am doing a school project and it is about smokeing this helps alot bye bye

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0 # chm 326sally 2013-05-05 22:21
analytical chemists out there seeing this?

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