Photoreportage by Michele Pero, professional photographer and photojournalist. Photojournalism, advertisement photography, commercial photography, wedding photojournalism, Florence, Italy. Photographs and features from Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Umbria earthquake, fakir dervishes, the nomadic of the wind and more. Michele Pero is teacher of photography at TheDarkroom, photography courses and multimedia school of Florence.

Tuscan tobacco

The famous tuscan black tobacco of the variety Kentucky for the tuscan cigar is the strongest tobacco in the world because it undergo fermentation. It comes from a mistake, when a century and a half ago, a cart full of black tobacco was left under a heavy rain and after that under the sun, with the intent to get it dry. But instead of drying, it fermented, yielding to a very strong taste and flavor. In order not to waste it, an ugly and dark cigar was made, as a cheap product to be sold to the poor people of Firenze. The production of that cigar was soon sold out and it became the most wanted smoking product in Tuscany. Nowadays the tuscan tobacco is grown in Valtiberina and Val di Chiana, and a minor production is left to Cava dei Tirreni. The best of the tuscan cigars, the Original, is still hand-made in the Lucca manufacturing plant.

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