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Tobacco Farming Part 4: Initial Fermentation, from the Curing Barn to the Pilones

Nick Perdomo explains the laborious, yet critical tobacco curing and fermentation process. Enter the curing barn where the newly-harvested tobacco leaves are separated by type and tied into bunches (or "hands") for drying. When the leaves are ready, they are made into pilones, or "piles" for their first fermentation. Heat in the pilon is carefully monitored until the hands reach optimum temperature, and though there's much more to do before they become cigars, the leaves are just getting warmed up.
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