2.5 Million Year Old Tobacco Discovered
Scientists from the Meyer-Hönninger Paleontology Museum discovered a small block of fossilized tobacco leaves in the Marañón River basin in northeastern Peru that dates back to the Pleistocene Era—2.5 million years ago. According to the museum, this discovery is proof that the tobacco plant originated from Peru.
Did you ever think of the Peruvian tobacco in your cigar’s filler blend as “ancient tobacco?” Peruvian tobacco has found its way into a lot of cigars, including the CAO Mx2, Zino Platinum, and our very own Bella Torres by Habana Cuba—which leads me to our newest marketing angle. Smoke Bella Torres by Habana Cuba—it’s made from the oldest tobacco in the world!
But in all seriousness, can you imagine what 2.5-million-year-old tobacco would taste like if it wasn’t completely petrified in rock? Think about how smooth the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 is after a mere 12 years of aging. Now imagine if that tobacco had been left to age, in ideal conditions, for about 200,000 times as long.
Another lingering question is what future discoveries will add to this one. What if the next fossilized cluster of tobacco leaves is rolled up or partially charred? We already know that tobacco has been around for at least 2.5 million years, but we still need to know how long it’s been used. Hopefully that will be the next thing they find out.
The ramifications of this discovery could be enormous, or could be virtually insignificant. If we get wiped out by a supervolcano, will my humidor become fossilized for recovery in 2.5 million years, with my stash of stogies perfectly maintained for the next civilization to discover and/or smoke? Does it prove once and for all my theory that cavemen in fact did invent fire for the sole purpose of lighting cigars? Will it make Peru the next hotspot for cigar manufacturers and their factories? Those questions may not have answers, but two things however, are for sure – One, is that tobacco has been around for a heck of a long time. And two – this opens up a whole new world of possibilities when arguing with cigar nannies. Next time someone complains about your cigar smoke, tell them you’re smoking the leaves of a 2.5-million-year-old plant, for science.