The World of the Habano

Harvesting leaf by leaf

2020 Feb , 19

Around 40 days after planting out, the harvest can begin – a laborious task because each leaf must be picked by hand.

Only two or three leaves can be taken at a time, with days to wait between each picking. The harvesting of a single plant takes close to 30 days to complete.

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Leaves are picked at intervals from the bottom up, allowing time between pickings for the plant to develop its remaining leaves.

Shade-grown () plants are taller with more leaves, and so they require more pickings.

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A sun-grown plant is illustrated here.

The Mañanita leaves that are picked first are too small for Habanos, but they are the perfect size for Cuban mini cigars (Minis Cubanos).

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The beginning of a long journey 

The harvested leaves are taken to the farmer’s barn for air curing – just the first of many stages that the leaf has yet to pass through.

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Literally -covered-. The term is used to describe the method of growing tobacco for wrappers in the shade under muslin cloth.

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Habanos are made
completely by hand

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