San Martino Valle Caudina, ITALY
It all starts in february, in polystyrene tubs: a small seed in a little quantity of soil, water, fertilizer and medicine to make it sprout. In April, when the seedlings begin to grow, three successive mowings are carried out to prepare them to be planted in the ground. But it is only in the summer, at the end of June, that stats the tobacco harvesting, a manual operation without use of machinery. The harvest lasts until September, weather permitting, and in the meantime it proceeds with the drying of the leaves, tied with string, and hung in the greenhouses. The cycle ends with the "sfilamento" of the leaves and package in cartons. At the end of December a quality test of the tobacco is performed, before processing.
[info by Pamela Frungillo Alborino]