D. DRACHEV1, V. NIKOLOVA1, V. POPOVA2 and N. NIKOLOV1
1 Institute of Tobacco and Tobacco Products, BG - 4108 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2 University of Food Technologies, BG - 4002 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
DRACHEV, D., V. NIKOLOVA, V. POPOVA and N. NIKOLOV, 2007. Characterization of the general quality of Kentucky dark fire-cured tobacco grown in Bulgaria. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 13: 467-473
Kentucky dark fire-cured tobacco finds its origin and has shaped as an individual tobacco type under the environmental conditions of North America. The type is not traditional for the agro-climatic conditions of Bulgaria. The aim of the current study was to evaluate by objective criteria the general quality of Kentucky dark fire-cured tobacco produced in Bulgaria. Tobacco was characterized with respect to the basic chemical and physical indexes of quality, expert and smoking assessment were also conducted. It was determined that with the applied technologies for production and curing tobacco developed quality profile corresponding to the basic requirements of the type.