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Hot Hybrids

Growers play the mating game to concoct new tobacco strains.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Cuban Models, May/June 03

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Although they share the same genetic code, Habana 2000 grown in Nicaragua tastes different from that grown in Mexico, just as Corojo seed grown in the Vuelta Abajo in Cuba tastes different from that grown in Honduras or Nicaragua -- or in another region of Cuba.

Having tobacco of the highest pedigree is only one part of the equation. People have been growing Cuban-seed tobacco in Central America and elsewhere for decades, and while they have often achieved splendid results, nothing tastes precisely like tobacco from Cuba except for tobacco from Cuba. The chromosomes do one thing, but then soil and microclimate take over, followed by the expertise it takes to treat the tobacco properly. So in many ways, cigar tobacco is just like children. You can have the greatest of genes, but to raise them both properly takes a suitable environment and other favorable factors.

Photos by David Savona and Gary John Norman

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