Perique is a type of tobacco from Saint James Parish, Louisiana, known for its strong, powerful, and fruity aroma. In 1776, the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes were cultivating a variety of tobacco with a distinctive flavor. A farmer named Pierre Chenet is credited with first turning this local tobacco into what is now known as Perique in 1824 through the technique of pressure-fermentation.
The plants grow to 5' or more and will produce 18-22 leaves per plant. But they are usually kept suckerless, pruned to 12 leaves through their early growth, and harvested before reaching maturity. Leaves are a dark green, 10"-12" wide and 24"-28" in length. Blooming occurs at 55-60 days.