What distinguishes tobacco from tobacco?

Who is to say what distinguishes tobacco from tobacco? This question is not as simple as it seems at first glance. The fact is that the answer lies as if in two planes is purely Botanical and the common name spoken. Let’s look at both areas in more detail.

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Tobacco and makhorka in everyday life

In Russia it has long been believed that tobacco and tobacco – almost synonyms. Only the shag is a very coarse tobacco, which happens to be exclusively in the alluvial kind, besides she was very «bawls». And tobacco is thinner, weaker. Tobacco suitable for rolling up cigarettes or at least for getting your tubes (and then only in exceptional cases), and the tobacco is for cigarettes and pipe.

In General, the difference of tobacco from the tobacco in the everyday sense the end, to the portrait of both remains to add only a few touches. A close «cousin» of tobacco is a «home-grown», and, as the name implies, it is the tobacco planted in their own garden. But the tobacco grown in Russia, features a low quality, which are two main factors. The first is that tobacco is a plant heat-loving and North of the 55 parallel (about the axis Moscow–Chelyabinsk and further East), we almost do not grow, and the second resulting from the first, is the lack of a culture of cultivation of tobacco. The «pipe» tobacco is wholly imported products; usually has a fairly high quality and often processed flavors.

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Having defined the everyday meaning of the words «tobacco» and «tobacco», let’s see if there’s a difference between them in the Botanical sense. It turns out there is! Tobacco is called in botany a genus of perennial and annual herbs belonging to the family Solanaceae, that is tabletki relative of potatoes and tomatoes. Well-known potato pest Colorado potato beetle with a wonderful appetite and eats tobacco leaves.

And the shag is one of the species of plants belonging to the genus «tobacco» in Latin –Nicotiana rustica. The main difference from other tobacco – simplicity. The boundary of the area of distribution of tobacco due to its high resistance to adverse climatic conditions located much further North than other members of the genus. In addition to tobacco are much lower requirements than generally to tobacco.

The history of the penetration of tobacco in Europe is traditionally associated with the era of Great geographical discoveries, when the sailors of Columbus brought a strange plant, and with it the habit of inhaling tobacco smoke. I wonder if the tobacco in General is used almost exclusively for the manufacture of cigarettes, cigarettes and cigars, for the tobacco there was some more applications. Due to the high content in the leaves of citric acid it is used as raw material for the production of this valuable food product. In addition, the tobacco extract ingredients to produce sulphate of nicotine (products to combat pests) and nicotinic acid (a vitamin involved in many redox processes of the human body).

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To summarize, what is the difference between tobacco and shag. This table summarizes how the differences and similarities between them in two aspects – Botanical and everyday.


Botanical classification
A genus of plants of the family Solanaceae
Kind of herbaceous plants in the genus Tobacco

Almost exclusively – for the production of cigarettes, cigarettes and cigars, also in small quantities, «loose» stuffing tubes
As a raw material for the tobacco industry, and also used for the production of citric acid, insecticides (tools for pest management) and nicotinic acid (vitamin B3)

The original areal – region with a warm climate in South and North America; now cultivated worldwide, but North of 55 parallel, it does not grow, as a short growing season greatly reduces the quality of tobacco
Can grow at higher latitudes than other members of the genus, due to resistance to adverse climatic conditions

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