Tobacco, Shirazi (Organic)
This rare, Iranian tobacco grows about 4-5′ tall and produces lovely white flowers with lavender-pink blush. Said to be a good, full-flavored smoke and also good for a homemade garden insecticide, though we haven’t tried either. We have been told that Shirazi is easy to cure out here in the West and doesn’t require a complicated fermentation process to taste good.
Sow shallowly in flats indoors in spring. Transplant to two-foot centers when danger of frost has passed. Remove the flower buds and auxiliary buds (suckers) for increased leaf production.
Collect seeds from seedheads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, and winnow to clean. Dry seeds completely before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other tobacco by ½ mile.