Humanity has had a decades-long relationship with tobacco plants. Tobacco has been used in many areas, in various forms, and integrated itself into traditions and cultures. As time passed, it became harder and harder to access authentic tobacco blends. Tobacco production became vastly synthetic, with unnatural additives harming the users and the authentic tobacco experience.
This caused the demand for oriental tobacco to increase. Still, even the tobaccos advertised as an oriental blend were, in fact, synthetic. As Star Agritech, we promised to change it by providing our customers with authentic, 100% natural tobacco blends from the best suppliers worldwide.
What makes us different?
At Star Agritech, we take pride in providing oriental tobacco leaves and genuine tobacco. We obtain tobacco directly from authentic farmers cured in various ways. We research the market for the highest quality blends to ensure our customers have access to the best tobacco available on the market. Turkish Oriental, English blend, authentic cigarette blend are just some of the many quality blends we provide.
How is natural tobacco produced?
Quality tobacco requires healthy seeds which have not been genetically modified. The soil needs to be well prepared and fertile for the plantation of tobacco seeds. Cold temperatures and wind chills are detrimental to the growth of tobacco plants. The plants should be exposed to the sun, getting a good amount of sunlight.
The distance between plants depends on the type of tobacco being produced. For example, the Orinoco strain is grown in rows 1.2 m apart. Burley and Maryland tobacco plants are planted 90cm apart. Broadleaf plants which are used for top-quality cigars are planted a meter apart. Soil type is also another important factor to consider in tobacco production. In general, well-drained soil is always desirable for growing tobacco. Flue-cured Maryland tobacco is grown on sandy loam soil. Burley, dark air-cured, fire-cured tobaccos prefer clay loam and silt loam soils.
How does the harvesting procedure work?
After long days with sun, rain, and nourishment, tobacco plants are ready to be harvested after 70 to 130 days. There are two main ways to harvest the plant, the first is cutting off the entire plant, and the second is removing the leaves at certain intervals as they mature. Aromatic tobaccos are strung with a needle containing natural ingredients to enhance the flavor of the tobacco.
How does tobacco curing work?
Curing tobacco is a necessary method to prepare oriental tobacco leafs ready for pleasurable consumption. Harvested leaf tobacco in its raw state is too moist to be burned. Low-quality tobacco is usually artificially flavored, where the blends Star Agritech offers are all flavored with natural ingredients. Cut plants and pulled small leafs are transferred to the tobacco barns for the curing process.
Types of Tobacco Curing
There are several types of cured tobacco, fire-cured, flue-cured, Virginia flue-cured, and cured oriental. The tobacco curing process takes around four to eight weeks. Pipe tobaccos, burley tobaccos, and Turkish tobacco all have their special curing method to achieve the best smoking experience for the user. There are four essential steps of the curing process wilting, yellowing, coloring, and drying. How these steps are handled determines the quality, taste, burn rate, and aroma of the finished product. Air curing is mainly used for Mayland, Burley, and cigar tobaccos; the process involves burning materials like charcoal, coke to provide heat when it’s required.
Fire-curing is similar to air-curing, where wood fires are set up on the barn floor, allowing the smoke to come in contact with the tobacco. Tobacco prepared with this method has a distinct aroma called creosote. Fire-curing is either applied in intervals or continuously depending on the state of the harvested leaves. Flue curing is performed at tightly constructed barns.
Wood, coal, oil, and petroleum gas are all different fuels used for flue-curing. Heat is applied slowly, observing the changes during the process to achieve the best results. Flue curing is the fastest curing method compared to other methods, and it takes from four to eight days. Our suppliers use the most beneficial curing methods given the type of tobacco and monitor the whole process closely from planting seeds to the finished product.
The Final Process Grading
Grading comes after the curing process; It is usually the last step performed before tobacco is ready to be sold. There are four different grades of tobacco flyings, lugs, leaf, and tips. When curing is completed, the tobacco is examined carefully and separated into appropriate grades. Even in the same batch, curing can cause different effects in different parts, such as nicotine levels, the strength of the aroma, general quality. After the examination is finished, the tobacco is sorted into proper packages and sent to wholesalers, companies finally meeting with end-users after a long, delicate process.
Growing tobacco is a form of art, from soil to leaves, treading every step with care to ensure the best smoking experience, especially in these modern days where we have lost touch with authentic oriental tobacco. It has become more challenging to find authentic growers, luckily there are still many individuals who put their love into growing tobacco, and as Star Agritech, we bring that authentic oriental tobacco grown to our customers.
How to buy?
If you are interested in bulk oriental tobacco leaf, you can trade directly from STI, by simply calling +90-212 227-9668 and talking to an actual person. Phone support available from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (GMT+3).
If your inquiry is about our operations or business in a particular country, please contact our local teams.
***Minimum wholesale orders start at two metric tons. To get a personalized quote, please contact us to discuss your needs.