This weekend the Weedpicker is in Adams County, Ohio. It is as far south as you can go in Ohio before falling into the great river of the same name. It is the location for many of Flora-Quest's trips, and the home of several of our guides.
|Tobacco in flower|
While driving across the country side, we saw a plant in flower that I had not seen before: Tobacco! It was the unusual flower that first caught my eye.
|Tobacco in the field|
|The Lewis Farm|
These wooden barns are often natural wood or painted black. These ventilators are unique to southern barns, and not something I have ever seen in Mid-Ohio.
A peek in the barn shows the tobacco all hung to dry. Each stock is 4-5' long.
One of the leaves was laying on the ground. The fresh leaf had little or no aroma. I found a small dried out leaf on the ground - and laid it on the large leaf for comparison.
Tobacco: once dried it has a lovely fragrance, and a surprising appeal. Fortunes have been made on this plant, but I am glad I gave it up years ago.
Botany is often a key player in the economies of communities. And once upon a time in the South, Tobacco was King.