Tobacco – Method of Curing Tobacco


Tobacco Plant:- The Tobacco plant is grown commercially for its leaves and stems, which are rolled into cigars, shredded for use in cigarettes and pipes, processed for chewing or ground into snuff, a fine powder that is inhaled through the nose.

Tobacco Products:- Tobacco products contain nicotine, an addictive drug. Cigars and Cigarettes are some of the tobacco products demanded by guests in a restaurant. It is the sommelier’s responsibility to serve cigars and cigarettes are some of the tobacco products demanded by guests in a restaurant. A well-stocked bar will always have a good selection of cigars of all brands.

Tobacco Country:- Tobacco is grown in China, India, Java, Borneo, Sumatra, Japan, South Africa, and many other countries. Although the cigars are made in many parts of the world, the best cigars come from Cuba and are named after its capital city Havana. All four of them produce fine quality tobacco cigar leaves, but the best comes from Vuelta Abajo.

Curing Tobacco

There are four common methods of curing tobacco. They are as follows:-

  1. Air curing.
  2. Fire curing.
  3. Flue curing.
  4. Sun curing.

1) AIR CURING:- It is carried out in a well-ventilated barn, where the tobacco is air-dried for six to eight weeks. Air cured tobacco is low in sugar, which gives the tobacco smoke a light, sweet flavor and high in nicotine. This method is suitable for making a cigar.

2) FIRE CURING:- In this method, smoke from a low burning fire on the barn floor spreads and passes through the leaves. It is suitable for pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and snuff.

3) FLUE CURING:- In this method, tobacco is kept in an enclosed barn heated by hot air from flues. The tobacco is not directly exposed to smoke. It is suitable for all kinds of cigarettes.

4) SUN CURING:- In this method, tobacco is dried uncovered in the sun. This method is used in Greece, Turkey, and other Mediterranean countries. It is used in Cigarettes.

AUTHOR:- Dipayan