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Heirloom Tobacco Samples



Curious about Heirloom Tobacco? Want to try a sample of genuine natural tobacco?
SOLD OUT:  Bosikappal, Virginia, Yenidje, Habano, Mopan, Pretinho, Kesu 

Here it is! This is a limited time offer while supplies last. I have set aside a portion of the Heirloom Tobacco Reserve to offer for sale. You may be growing your own tobacco, or you may be considering growing your own tobacco. This is a great way to get a "taste" of what genuine natural tobacco has to offer.

Each pint jar contains about one ounce (28 grams) MOL - of naturally cured, unprocessed whole leaf and some leaf fragments of spectacular heirloom tobacco. These are well aged samples from the Heirloom Tobacco Reserve. Most jars have aged two years, some have aged almost four years. The flavor and aroma is unsurpassed by any commercially produced tobacco product. If you are curious about trying genuine natural tobacco, this is a unique opportunity to find out what you have been missing.


Heirloom Tobacco Sample (one pint / one ounce MOL)  $12.00



There are only a couple of jars left of most varieties set aside for this year's sample allotment. Don't delay. If you want a sample from this year's allotment, order NOW!

Order your sample right away while supplies last. Its easy to order by email. Just look over the varieties of Heirloom Tobacco in the Seed Bank and select which variety you would like to buy, then just email me with your purchase order. I will reply with an email invoice with payment options. Your order will ship when I receive your payment.



Specializing in Native Traditional & Old World Classic Tobacco Seeds


... tobacco for the home garden rarely available from seed companies. 



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.



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Order Tobacco Seeds By Email. It‘s easy!

  • Send an email with a list of tobacco seeds you want to order.
  • You will receive an email reply from HT with an invoice and payment options.
  • You may pay with Pay Pal or by sending check or money order via USPS.
  • You will receive another email from HT when payment is received and your order ships. Simple!
We are looking forward to adding a shopping basket to make things easier. Until then, thank you for your patience and patronage!





Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank



All varieties listed below are available unless otherwise indicated in the variety description. Taxonomical details are derived from direct experience, and the NPGS-GRIN (National Genetic Resources Program/Germplasm Resources Information Network) when data is available. If HT Seed Bank varieties are listed as out of stock, they are only temporarily unavailable. You can request to be notified as seed status changes. 

Make sure to check the seed status updates well in advance of your needs.

Tobacco seed packs contain approximately 100 seeds (MOL) and are $2.50 each. Each seed pack will produce dozens of healthy viable seedlings. Seed starting instructions are included. Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank quantities are limited. So, please be considerate of your fellow tobacco gardeners and limit your order to only what is needed to produce a seed crop of your own.



Mild Flavor Heirloom Tobacco:


Barinas        Venezuela    OUT OF STOCK


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 fiberous 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 love 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




This is a new addition to the Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank. 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 micronutrients 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



 

This is a new addition to the Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank. 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

 

This is a new addition to the Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank. 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. You decide.


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 descendents 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. the direct descendents 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



 

This is another new addition to the Heirloom Tobacco Seed Bank. 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. Gold Leaf Orinoco is another highly potent natural tobacco, so 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. 


 

Shirazi         Persia - Iran    OUT OF STOCK


Plant Class – Oriental

Form – Inverted Cone

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

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 12” to 14”

Leaf Width – 8” to 10”

Days to Maturity – 60

Leaf Yield – 1.5 oz.

Sucrosester – 13

Nicotine – 31

 


This tobacco was profusely popular among the locals just before the political authorities banned its use.  It is a curious inverted cone shaped plant with its large leaves even near the top! Perhaps even the plant doesn’t know if it’s coming or going, or maybe it’s a warning from nature.

Shirazi is traditionally cured in full sunlight late in the growing season, often left until the first frost. In this way, the color is gold to light brown and flavor is mellowed. Shade cured and fermented will produce darker color and more intense flavor. The large leaves have a thick texture and could make nice binder leaves. After reasonable age, the classic flavor is a distinctive delight. See the Heirloom Tobacco Profile in The Heirloom Tobacco Garden.



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, and consider that it is generally 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 flavorful natural tobacco rich, bright and satisfying. The color of Yumbo deepens after reasonable age.


Rustica & Other Heirloom Tobacco:


Kesu
        (Rustica)    




Plant Class – Primitive

Form – Cone  

Plant Height (topped/un-topped) – 20”/26”

Flower Color – Pink

Leaf Length – 4” to 7”

Leaf Width – 3” to 5”

Days to Maturity – 32

Leaf Yield – 1`oz.

Sucrosester – 11

Nicotine – 38, Nornicotine – 1.5

 


This little Rustica variety has a short growth cycle and ripens quickly. Native to the Northern hemisphere its compact size promotes rapid development and maturity.

It is short in stature, and has many small to medium oval leaves. The upper leaves are very potent and should be used with caution. It also makes profuse flower clusters which if collected diligently and cured carefully promise a powerful punch.

Kesu is a native heirloom tobacco with small leaves rich in psychoactive alkaloids and must be approached with due respect.


Glauca        Southwest USA   



The humble tree tobacco once grew commonly in the American Southwest, but probably because it poisoned many head of free ranging cattle, it has become increasingly rare. Our friends at ‘Allies’ deserve our gratitude for collecting and preserving this powerful plant.

The most common use of Glauca is as a potent anti-insecticide. It contains no nicotine, but high levels of equally lethal Anabasine.



















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  -  Currently, there are no new varieties in cultivation for seed bank crops. Candidate varieties are being considered. If you have any suggestions, please email me.




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