Shade grown

Wrapper leaves that have been grown under a tent, also known as tapado (see photo). The filtered sunlight creates a thinner, more elastic leaf. The practice of growing under shade originated in the Connecticut River Valley in 1900. The original tents were made of cheesecloth, but today nylon is the preferred material.

For more, see Slideshow: Harvesting Connecticut Wrapper

Photo by Sarina Finkelstein