HONDURAS

The northwest and western parts of Honduras are home to a type of wild tobacco called “copaneco,” and it may be that this is what the natives, and perhaps the Spanish colonials, originally rolled into their cigars. In addition to the Copan region, there are two other areas famous for tobacco cultivation and cigar manufacturing. The first and foremost is the area around Danli in El Paraiso. Jamastran and the surrounding areas are the primary locations for cigar tobacco cultivation in South Honduras. More centrally located in the country is the third major cultivation area– the Talanga Valley in the Francisco Morazan province, about a two hour drive northwest from Danli. Here tobacco is grown using the encallado method. Because Talanga is windy, tents are erected around the crop to protect the sun grown tobacco from wind damage.

  • Corojo - Corojo is named for the Cuban farm on which it was first cultivated by the Rodriguez family. The Eiroas obtained some of the original seed from the Corojo farm and now grow it in the Jamastran Valley. It is a delicate tobacco, extremely vulnerable to blue mould

  • Connecticut Shade - Connecticut shade is also grown for wrapper, sometimes called “Honduran Shade.”

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