Centuries ago, Colombus “discovered” tobacco in the New World when he and his crew conducted their epic voyage to the Americas in the 1490s. By that time, natives used it during spiritual ceremonies. In addition, they also give the plant a medicinal purpose.

Keep reading and get to know more fact about tobacco and its history in Nicaragua.

Five things you didn’t know about the history of tobacco in Nicaragua


1- Tobacco has long been a precious commodity with varying strains, offering varieties of flavours and characteristics. However, the type and quality required for premium long-filler cigars grown in Nicaragua since the earlies 1960s.

2- For centuries, Central America harvested at least two basic types of tobacco. The first, a dark, bitter leaf with high levels of nicotine, called “Nicotiana rustica”. The other, the plant we know and love today as the provider of the raw material for premium, hand-rolled cigars, “Nicotiana tabacum”.

3- The Spanish are the most considerable influence on the plant’s spread across civilisations. They were the first to produce it on a truly commercial scale.

4- The fertile volcanic soil characteristic of Nicaragua contains rich, dark and packed minerals that give good tobacco its signature notes. In fact, it is perfect for quickly establishing, then constantly nourishing the plant.

5- In 1764, a tax was imposed for those plating, growing and harvesting tobacco. If an “unlicensed” consignment was discovered without the appropriate accompanying paperwork, a taxman immediately seized it.

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