The curing of tobacco.

The Site Administrator is back from his hols.

I left two small tobacco plant leaves for ten days. One was left to dry out in the house atmosphere (placed on a shelf and allowed to dry naturally in the air); the other was placed flat on a tea towel and covered by the tea towel being folded. The flat leaf (placed in the folded tea towel) was the placed on the hot water cylinder and allowed to dry in warm conditions.

The result is that I have now two leaves – one (the one allowed to dry naturally) is rather hard and crinkled, but not disintegrating, while the other (the one wrapped in the tea towel) is smooth and softer.

Both leaves, however,  are green.

I do not know if these leaves will naturally go ‘yellow’ if left alone in the ordinary atmosphere in our house (no central heating on). Or, if I need to heat them up in a very damp atmosphere. And if they ‘go yellow’, does that mean that they are ‘cured’?

The whole thing is still a complete mystery to me. I still do not understand at all. By that, I mean absolutely do not understand.

I also have two very small leaves which have ‘yellowed’  on the plant, without interference as a result of natural processes. These little leaves have come from the very bottom of the plant. Because they are ‘yellow’, are they ‘cured’? They are, at this moment, on the little table that sits next to ‘my spot’ on the couch. They are gradually drying. When they have dried, will they be ‘cured’ tobacco?

I do not understand!!!

Here is the question:

1. Does the ‘yellowing’ indicate a ‘cured’ condition?

2. If so, how do I make the dried green leaves go ‘yellow’?

When I ask those questions, I have in mind the idea of ‘air curing’ tobacco by placing the leaves in the shade in a barn, open to the air, and letting the process occur, without any additional moisture being introduced. I also have in mind the idea of ‘sun curing’ where the leaves are hung out in the sun, in clusters, to ‘cure’ in their own time.

We still have no real idea of what the word ‘curing’ means. It really ought not to be similar to atomic physics.

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