The Palate Diaries — Two Problems with what is not a Cigar

Modified Puro (cigar) Recipe


  • 1 ½ handful chopped Romaine lettuce 
  • 25 – 30 whole arugula (rocket, rucola) leaves
  • 20 whole and healthy spinach leaves 
  • Gum Arabic or Bermocoll (starch extracts gained from yucca/manioc and other plants, like corn, wheat, or rice


  • A barn or proper storing area, box, with regulated temperature and humidity 
  • Tobacco knife
  • Wooden forms


  • Dry the ingredients for months
  • Find a few good videos of Cuban, Nicaraguan or Dominican cigar rollers in action, known as torcedores.
  • Wrap the romaine lettuce inside of the arugula leaves
  • Let them marry a few months
  • Use the spinach to wrap the previously prepared romaine arugula rolls, carefully applying very small amounts of the preferred starch gum

Good luck!!! And I truly mean good luck.

I see two problems imposed by all what is not a cigar.

Problem I

The mixing of romaine lettuce leaves, inside of rucola, and covered by spinach, would never provide the consistent and deep experience that selected tobacco leaves do while burning. Though totally speculative, this seems to be an accurate presumption, for otherwise such cigars would be as prehistorically loved, as tobacco cigars have been for indigenous medicine men and spiritualists of yesteryear.

Nature is full of wonders, yet culture has known to manage it in ways that further elevate everything nature is, and everything the natural man can be, even without modern knowledge and technologies.

Culture has no true need to digress in its use and handling of the fruits of nature. Any society, any civilization is able to construct with it, instead of opting for consumption and destruction.

Problem II

There is one dormant problem with what is not a cigar. Our brain, in part orchestrated by the palate, knows to name a taste. An orange, independent of species and soil, will be recognized as citrus, while accurately being differentiated from the taste of other citrus fruits, like a lime, a grapefruit. Yet, we do not recognize a single name under a good tasting cigar but rather notes of cedar, nutmeg, grass, pepper, peet….

I have no answer, and you will likely ask about the relevance of my asking, and the need for such grey energy dwelling. Questions on our gustatory realm seem to me as relevant as questions about god, all, and existence. Myriads of taste profiles available to thousands of taste buds in any mouth, tell me that the questioning needs to exist, even if the answers seem to be eternally hidden.

Fact is, questions continue to create religious diversity, with zero answers in sight. Furthermore, the knowledge of the shape of our planet is not our first known fact.

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