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The Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank

Specializing in Native Traditional & Old World Classic Tobacco Seeds


The Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank contains mainly South American native traditional tobacco seed varieties. Most are ancestral varieties classified as primitive plant types.  These are usually not as productive as their commercial descendants. However, what they lack in quantity they make up for in unsurpassed quality.

The varieties of different tobacco strains produce distinctive flavors, aromas and potency which is truly remarkable. Each one offers unique qualities that have to be experienced to be fully appreciated. If you are looking for outstanding qualities in natural tobacco seed for the home garden, each variety will be a delightful experience.

Natural Genetics - Heirloom tobacco seeds are not genetically modified or manipulated artificially in a  laboratory (NGMO).  Nature’s laboratory depends on open pollination in the garden to produce natural genetic diversity. Ancestral varieties of tobacco seeds are classified as ‘primitive’ or ‘natural cultivars’ and generally breed true. These heirloom tobacco seed cultivars are the genetic building blocks of genuine natural tobacco.



Heirloom Tobacco Varieties: Barinas, Criollo Daule, Habano, Little Dutch, Madole, Mopan Mayan, Orinoco, Pretinho,Virginia, Vuelta Abajo, Yenidje, Yumbo
(Complete Variety Descriptions with Pictures Listed Below)

HT Seed Bank offers heirloom tobacco seed to backyard gardeners.  HT Seed packets contain approximately 100 seeds (MOL) and are $2.50 each. Each seed packet will produce dozens of healthy viable seedlings. Seed starting instructions are included with every seed order.

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Mild Flavor Heirloom Tobacco:


Barinas        Venezuela  

Plant Class – Primitive
Form – Pyramidal
Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 24”/30”
Flower Color – Pink
Leaf Length – 15” to 18”
Leaf Width – 9”
Days to Maturity – 50
Leaf Yield – 1 to 2.25 oz.
Sucrosester – 0
Nicotine – 16.5, Nornicotine – 0.10

 

This ‘primitive’ tobacco said to be the ancestor of the famed oriental classic Basma.  It was said the Dutch exported it to Eastern Europe where it was cultivated widely.

Barinas is a stout plant with a thick fibrous stalk supporting huge broad leaves. The leaves cure light to medium brown. The flavor is smooth and quality remarkable.  After aging its flavor deepens and becomes richer while remaining smooth and satisfying.


 Daule         Ecuador

       

Plant Class – Primitive

Form – Pyramidal  

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 36”/42”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 16” to 19”

Leaf Width – 8”

Days to Maturity – 45

Leaf Yield – 1 0z.

Sucrosester – 39.5

Nicotine – 21.6

 


This heirloom tobacco variety is named for the regional river in Ecuador that feeds the cultivated fields of native tobacco in mountain lowland areas. Little of their tobacco is exported because it is so passionately loved by the local population.

Upper leaves take some time to mature, so begin to prime lower leaves of Daule only when fully ripe and ready. The leaves dry light brown. With proper curing and aging it has a light earthy flavor certain to please any natural tobacco smoker.  It is a consistent producer of potent smoke.

 


Virginia        Guatamala    


Plant Class – Primitive

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 36”/42”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 14” to 18”

Leaf Width – 6” to 8”

Days to Maturity – 55

Leaf Yield – 1.25 oz.

Sucrosester – 32.6

Nicotine – 23.7



Classic Virginia tobacco has set the standard for true tobacco flavor and aroma for many generations. Some say the historical records indicate this heirloom tobacco variety may well have been the parent strain of the Virginia tobacco grown by early colonists and imported to European connoisseurs.

This ancestral natural tobacco is a graceful plant with medium size leaves. It cures light brown and with reasonable age smokes mellow and smooth. The flavor has a distinctive bright crispness that is simply delightful.


Yenidje        Turkey         


Plant Class – Oriental

Form – Columnar

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 36”/40”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 7” to 12”

Leaf Width – 6” to 8”

Days to Maturity – 50

Leaf Yield – 1 oz.

Sucrosester – 5.5

Nicotine – low

 


This classic heirloom variety is the parental strain of oriental tobacco from the growing area of Western Thrace near the city of Xanthi. Many genetically modified varieties were developed from this pure strain. It is a slender columnar plant with leaves that are small, rounded, slightly pointed, oily, and delicate. Called the “Queen of Tobaccos,” these are the leaves of legend, to which belong the famed Yenidje.

 

The flavor is creamy and smooth. A slightly sweet mouthfeel is easy to detect with the first puff. This is a great variety for blending with other natural tobaccos. To bring out the distinctive flavor, Yenidje needs a secondary fermentation in the curing process with a little added sweetness from honey.

 


Cigar Flavor Heirloom Tobacco:


Criollo      Cuba   


Plant Class – Oriental

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 32” to 36”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 10” to 12”

Leaf Width – 4” to 8”

Days to Maturity – 50

Leaf Yield – 1.5 oz.

Sucrosester – 13

Nicotine – 34, Nornicotine – 0.3




Criollo is a native heirloom variety cultivated for generations in Cuba for its distinctive rich sweet tobacco flavor. It is commonly cultivated in the famed Western region of Cuba known to produce only the highest quality tobacco. It thrives in full sun with ample irrigation. The leaf tissue is thin and its elasticity makes it a great wrapper leaf for rolling cigars.

 

If you like cigars, you will love Criollo. It has a distinctive musky rich flavor and aroma that sets it apart from other cigar tobaccos. To bring out all the flavor potential of Criollo do not decrease nitrogen during the flowering and maturing stage of cultivation. With reasonable age it will be one of your favorites.



Habano         Honduras  

Plant Class – Oriental

Form – Columnar

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 36”/40”

Flower Color – Red

Leaf Length – 14” to 16”

Leaf Width – 10” to 12”

Days to Maturity – 40

Leaf Yield – 1.5 oz.

Sucrosester – 12

Nicotine – 20, Nornicotine – 1.1

 


Famed tobacco from Cuba - these heirloom seeds were collected from growers in Honduras, and although it has a distinctive cigar flavor and aroma, is classified as an Oriental type of tobacco. Its distinctive flavor is said to produce the finest cigars in the world.

This old world classic broadleaf tobacco cures medium to dark brown. It makes richly flavorful wrappers, and upper hand leaves (seco) produce high quality filler for rolling a satisfying smoke. It’s natural potency is not to be underestimated. Best to smoke your first sample of Habano seated.
 

 


Little Dutch    Germany   

Plant Class – Cigar-filler

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) –24” to 30”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 16” to 19”

Leaf Width – 5” to 7”

Days to Maturity – 52

Leaf Yield – 1.5 oz.

Sucrosester – 27

Nicotine – 14


 

Little Dutch is a very fine sample of highly prized tobacco preserved for generations around the world. It was imported to the US from Germany and introduced in the Miamisburg, Ohio tobacco fields. At the height of the growing season, when plants reached their peak ripeness, the fields were said to be heavy with the sweet cigar aroma similar to Yara tobacco from eastern Cuba. It seems reasonable to expect Little Dutch was originally exported from Cuba to Europe before finally arriving in the US.

The long narrow leaves of Little Dutch require some extra space between plants when setting out in the garden. From my experience, the flavor and aroma depends on rich micro-nutrients in the soil, so supplement if your garden soil is lacking. Allow plenty of time to fully ripen before harvest. It makes very tasty filler, but requires some care in proper curing.

 


Madole Tabaco        Peru        



Plant Class – Flue-cured

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 40” to 48”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 16” to 18”

Leaf Width – 6” to 9”

Days to Maturity – 60

Leaf Yield – 1.5 oz.

Sucrosester – 0

Nicotine – 44.8, Nornicotine – 0.5



 

Madole tobacco is a native heirloom variety cultivated for generations in Peru for its powerful attributes. This ‘primitive’ heirloom tobacco variety is known among the locals in the region where it is cultivated as a ‘dark knight’ of native tobacco. Few other varieties surpass its potency and robust flavor. Smoke sparingly or blended.



Vuelta Abajo    Cuba        


Plant Class – Oriental

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 42”/48”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 12” to 15”

Leaf Width – 8” to 10”

Days to Maturity – 50

Leaf Yield – 1.5 oz.

Sucrosester – 11

Nicotine – Nicotine 46.6, Nornicotine – 0.3

 


Vuelta Abajo is a native heirloom variety cultivated for generations in Cuba for its distinctive qualities making it one of the preferred wrapper leaves for fine cigars. Vuelta is a well known tobacco growing region in Cuba.

 

This old world classic is one of the most potent tobaccos in the world. Its potency depend largely on strong full sunlight during cultivation, and higher levels of nitrogen in the soil during the process of ripening after maturity. The leaves have a high degree of elasticity making it an excellent wrapper leaf for producing cigars.


Exotic Flavor Heirloom Tobacco:


Bosikappal    India       

Plant Class – Primitive

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 28” to 32”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 20” to 24”

Leaf Width – 6” to 9”

Days to Maturity – 60

Leaf Yield – 1 oz.

Sucrosester – 25.7

Nicotine – 25.8, Nornicotine – 0.2


 

This ’primitive’ heirloom tobacco comes from India where it has been a cultivar for many generations. Most say the name simply indicates the plant requires abundant watering to thrive, but some interpret it a little differently. Regardless of translation, it is a vigorous plant and a good producer despite its small size.

Bosikappal spreads its long narrow leaves in thick compact growth. When planting in the garden, allow extra space between plants. It has a remarkable strong scent that translates into sweet naturally cured tobacco flavor. Its distinctive flavor is difficult to describe, perhaps ‘woody’ or 'savory' may come close.



Mopan Mayan     Guatamala    


Plant Class – Primitive

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 36”/42”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 10” to 14”

Leaf Width – 6” to 9”

Days to Maturity – 50

Leaf Yield – 1.5 oz.

Sucrosester – 27

Nicotine – 28



 

This heirloom tobacco variety was collected from the Mopan Mayan natives who are one of the last remaining communities of direct descendants of the ancient Mayas. This potent tobacco is likely the true genetic strain employed by their ancestors, kept growing all these generations: a living heirloom of the ancient Maya. It is a primitive plant type and an authentic ancestral strain.

This rare native tobacco has a distinctive sweet almost floral flavor.  Is this the tobacco of the Maya Jaguar Shaman whose breath becomes sweet and enticing like the seductive jaguar’s is purported to be just before they devour their prey? It is my personal favorite among all varieties in the Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank.  



Gold Leaf Orinoco      Peru       


Plant Class – Flue-cured

Form – Pyramidal

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 36”/40”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 14” to 20”

Leaf Width – 9” to 12”

Days to Maturity – 60

Leaf Yield – 2 oz.

Sucrosester – 0

Nicotine – 40



 

Gold leaf Orinoco is a native heirloom variety cultivated for generations in Peru. This ‘primitive’ heirloom tobacco variety has large lower leaves, and very flavorful upper leaves. The top leaves make exceptionally flavorful pipe tobacco. It is another highly potent natural tobacco, approach it with caution.



Pretinho        Brazil        

Plant Class – Primitive

Form – Para-Pyramidal  

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 36”/42”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 9” to 14”

Leaf Width – 6” to 8”

Days to Maturity – 50

Leaf Yield – 1.25 oz.

Sucrosester – 13.6

Nicotine – 18, Nornicotine – 0.5


 

From the jungles of Brazil comes the flavorful native heirloom tobacco Pretinho. Just barely over three feet tall, and not a big producer, but its potency makes up for less quantity.

Pretinho has small narrow leaves that are somewhat thin making good filler tobacco. As a primitive plant type, individual plants vary in shape and size. It possesses a curious aroma that cures out to an earthy woody flavor. 



Yumbo         Columbia

Plant Class – Primitive

Form – Pyramidal 

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 30”/24”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 14” to 16”

Leaf Width – 9”

Days to Maturity – 50

Leaf Yield – 1 to 2.25 ounces

Sucrosester – 0

Nicotine – 18

 


The Yumbo native variety is an heirloom ancestral strain of sacred tobacco. It was reportedly collected from a respected ayahuaca healer of the Yumbo tribe in the Upper Amazon.  Many of the Columbian natives tend to prefer chewing (“drinking”) tobacco rather than smoking. This Yumbo tobacco is much more potent than any commercially processed chewing tobacco. Chew with great caution (Chewing Not Recommended)!  

 

The people of the Yumbo are somewhat diverse, but their tobacco is a singular delight. This tobacco grows short and fat with broad thick leaves. Yumbo make golden 'fruity' flavor natural tobacco: rich, bright and satisfying. The color of Yumbo deepens after reasonable age.



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