Tobacco, Hopi Ceremonial Tobacco Seeds - (Nicotiana rustica)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 100 seeds per pack
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Hopi Ceremonial Tobacco
Tender annual that grows 18-24" tall and produces clusters of pendulous greenish-white flowers that open in early evening and emit a rich, jasmine-like aroma. More cold-hardy than other tobaccos. Grows slowly at first until established, then takes off.
The high concentration of nicotine in its leaves makes it useful for creating organic pesticides. Used extensively in rituals and religious ceremonies but also used for cramps, sharp pains and headaches. Poultice of beaten plant used for boils and applied to insect bites.
How to Cure
To cure tobacco, pick the leaves when they have a tinge of yellow on them and hang them where the leaves will dry out during the day and pick up moisture at night. This is how they cure. When the leaves are completely golden brown and have no more green they are ready to roll. This can take a month or sometimes two. It is best to roll the leaves when there is some humidity present so the leaves are flexible. Lay the leaves out, one at a time, alternating stem to tip for 7 leaves thick. Roll the leaves together tightly, like a big cigar. If desired, twist each end in opposite directions to make the traditional "plug" of tobacco. Shave off a little at a time from the end for each use.