'Perique' has leaves that are medium-sized, glossy in
texture, gummy and tough but have fine fiber with small stems. It
has been historically used as a smoking, chewing, cigar, and
cigarette variety. It is generally not used exclusively but rather
used sparingly in mixes to add body and dimension to a blend.
'Perique' tobacco (the plant) is a specific, unique, variety which
you can grow anywhere that tobacco can be grown. However, for
clarity sake, there is a tobacco leaf product marketed as "Perique"
tobacco. Unless you grow it in Louisiana’s St. James Parish and
follow the now centuries-old traditional curing processes, what
you grow in your garden will not be Perique the product.
This is not to say that you cannot find success in your garden. We
just want to explain the difference between "Perique" the tobacco
product and 'Perique' the tobacco variety that both originate from
Louisiana's St. James Parish.
The history of the variety dates back to the beginning of tobacco
production in St. James Parish. In the late 1700s, a man named
Pierre Chenet introduced tobacco cultivation to his fellow
Arcadian countrymen. He not only taught them how to successfully
grow the crops, but also how to cure and prepare it for market in
tightly wrapped rolls called "carottes." In honor of his efforts,
they called this plant, and the process, "Perique."
My seed originated from USDA accession number PI 552742.
Purchase my 'Perique' tobacco seed exclusively at the
Victory Seed Company
By purchasing your seeds from the
Victory Seed Company, you are not only helping to keep rare,
heirloom seed varieties available for generations to come, you are
helping to support small farmers like myself. Thank you for
choosing to make a difference with your purchases.
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