I still haven’t harvested my tobacco, and more and more of the lower leaves are drooping and turning gold/yellow. I’ve been too busy, one way and another.
A few weeks back, when a couple of the plants reached the top of the windows they’re growing in, I cut off the tops of them, and set them aside to dry. The leaves were all green when I cut them, and they remained green as they dried. But after they’d been very slowly drying for a week or more, and the leaves had become limp, I noticed that the leaves had become slightly sticky to the touch. And then, remembering that the thing to do to ferment the leaves was to wrap them up into bundles, and tie them with string, I took several of the leaves and rolled them into cylinders. Rather to my surprise, they needed no string, because they were mostly sticky enough to adhere together without any further assistance.
I didn’t do anything with the rolled up leaves. I left them on top of a chest of drawers, drying along with other open leaves. They must’ve been drying for a week or so now, and looking at them closely, they show signs of turning a much darker brown that the other dried leaves.
I stuck a few of my golden leaves and my rolled-up leaves on the scanner. The colours are pretty accurate (click on image to enlarge):
Now, my question is: are those rolled up leaves fermenting? And what do I do with them next?