Culture & Traditions

The Golden Leaves

There is a leaf, a plant, and a tradition, by which Macedonia is very famous, despite its notoriety. The country is considered the home of the best tobacco. It’s a special tobacco of the oriental type that is highly appreciated and much demanded by the industry. Already in the beginning of the century, when Macedonia was still not an independent state, nor was there a nation by that name, in advertisements the name “Macedonia” referred to the origin and quality of tobacco and was used to attract potential customers. Tobacco is grown in almost all parts of southern Macedonia. From Radovish to Strumica and Prilep, the sandy and dry soil combined with hot climate gives superior tobacco, which is used in the blend of many domestic and international cigarette brands. Prilep with its agriculture and developed tobacco processing industry is considered the capital of Macedonian tobacco. The first warehouse for purchasing and processing tobacco in Macedonia was built there in 1873. It had the French name “Régie Ottoman de Tabac”. Out of it the modern tobacco factory, Tutunski Kombinat Prilep, emerged. Over the decades the factory has produced many brands which became part of the popular heritage. Read more …