Tabasco Chili are the only Chili that are juicy on the inside. This Chili has become famous and bellowed when the Tabasco sauce was invented in 1868
For the most popular hot sauce there is of course also a variety of chilli, from which the sauce is made. The Tabasco plant belongs to the genus Capsicum frutescens, it grows up to 1.50 m high and it produces many chilli peppers. As with all chilli varieties of this genus, the chilli peppers also grow upwards in the Tabasco plant. Originally the Tabasco Chilli comes from Mexico, meanwhile it is cultivated almost exclusively in Louisiana, because that's where the Tabasco Sauce is produced.
In addition to its taste and heat, the Tabasco chilli is so well suited for the production of hot sauce, as it contains a lot of fruit juice despite a thin fruit wall. In the kitchen, these pods are used very rarely. They are almost exclusively used for producing Tabasco sauce. For the hot sauce, the Tabasco pods are crushed and mixed with salt. The mixture is then stored in oak barrels for several years while fermenting. Then the whole thing is mixed with vinegar and there you have it - the Tabasco sauce!
Tabasco is not only the name of a pepper sauce that has been known for almost 150 years, because exactly in these sauces is where the extremely spicy chilies of the same plant are found. The tabasco plant is mainly grown for the production of the sauce. Above all, the name stands for a real bestseller: The spicy sauce in a handy, small bottle is an export hit and is now sold worldwide with great success.
Tabasco is not just a world-renowned sauce from McIlhenny Co., it's also a chilli variety. The plant belongs to the species of Capsicum frutescens and was first commercially cultivated in Louisiana in the USA. Their actual origin, however, is probably in Mexico or South America.
The Tabasco plant is typically a bush where numerous fruits ripen to harvest. The yellow pods, which only turn red in the course of the ripening period, are about 4 cm long and run to a point. In addition, they grow upright. They have a high concentration of capsaicin and thus reach a Scoville value of up to 50,000 units.
Meanwhile, the plants are mainly planted and grown in Latin America. After all, there they can have ideal growing conditions all year round, so that the production of the famous Tabasco sauce is continuously ensured. The seed for sowing originates directly from the first plants that were bred by McIlhenny Co. many decades ago on Avery Island. When it comes to cultivation, strict conditions apply, especially for quality assurance. Only fruits that have reached a certain redness may be harvested and crushed and added to the production along with added salt. The degree of ripeness is checked by hand with a corresponding colored stick.
Of course, the exact recipe of the famous sauce is unknown. However, one knows the main ingredients:
On the other hand, preservatives and artificial colors are generally not used. The popular taste, however, is mainly attributed to the fermentation process and the maturity of several years in oak barrels. And maybe that's the secret behind the success of the Tabasco Pepper Sauce.
Anyway, the sauce is exported to over 165 countries. The main customers from abroad are above all the countries of Japan, Germany and Great Britain. But her triumph has also brought the sauce to the other end of the world - to Australia. Real fans naturally attribute this to their unique taste. Perhaps it is also due to the many well-known commercials in recent years, which remain well remembered because of their bizarre content.
Either way, the success has been so great that numerous lawsuits have been filed for patents and naming rights. Accordingly, the "Tabasco processes" were aimed not only at the manufacturing method, which was patented in 1870 in favor of McIlhenny Co. Competitors also tried to use the name Tabasco for their sauces as they try to imitate the success of the sauces - from recipe to its distinctive design. From 1920, however, it was only reserved for the McIlhenny Co. to produce so-called "Tabasco sauce". At least the patent for the production has now expired and pepper sauces in the so-called "Louisiana Style" are increasingly being marketed.
On the other hand, not only the number of manufacturers has grown, but also, the McIlhenny Co. has brought over the years a lot of variations of their classic sales on the market.
The actual Tabasco Pepper Sauce is still produced according to the old original recipe. It has not been changed since 1868 - and as already stated several times: the taste delivers! Nevertheless, various varieties of sauces are now commercially available, included from the house McIlhenny Co. These include:
In addition to these variations of the original Tabasco sauce, many other products from McIlhenny Co. were launched. Often these are products that are produced on the one hand by other manufacturers, but on the other hand they also contain the original sauce. The Tabasco logo therefore also appears only as an additive on the packaging.
A corresponding selection of sauces variations and tasty alternatives can also be found in the Pepperworld Hot Shop!
The McIlhenny Co. has achieved great success for over 145 years with their products. And not only because of the patents and naming rights! The Tabasco Pepper Sauce is the most famous chilli sauce in the world and extremely diverse. The name does not come from the plant. Just over 20 years after the market launch, the chili variety was named Capsicum frutescens cv. Tabasco was first referred to by the botanist E. Lewis Sturtevant.
Company founder Edmund McIlhenny is said to have baptized his product Petite Anse Sauce first. The family was against it. So he chose Tobasco. The term is interpreted in front of everyone with the translation "land in which the earth is hot and humid". On the other hand, the name should refer to the homonymous federal state in Mexico. After all, this region in the period around 1868 was extremely active in maritime trade, because their location on the Gulf of Mexico was predestined for it. And this is where the seed with which the company founder has bred the first plants on the island Avery Iceland should have come from. However, the origin of the plant has not yet been finally clarified. Edmund McIlhenny did not document the reference source during his lifetime and referred to it only as "pepper".
The members of the fan community have in any case agreed: Tabasco fits in with almost every dish. If you allow yourself to trust the TV commercial at that time, even a blank pizza base with the sauce becomes a delicate challenge. And when barbecuing, in the snack bar or in the local kitchen - Tabasco simply must not be missing from any collection. In fact, Tabasco Pepper Sauce is also so popular in its home country, the United States, that it even became part of the supply rations for US Army soldiers. Of course, stylishly bottled in a miniature, whose design was based on the original bottle.
But Tabasco has also found its way into drinks. After all, the sauce is an important ingredient for a cocktail classic: The Bloody Mary! Just combine tomato juice with vodka, Worcestershire sauce, some lime juice, lemon juice and a few splashes of Tabasco - ready.
Served on ice as tasteful highlight - if necessary, also in the morning. Or how about a peppy cocktail as a smart dessert? Offer the Bloody Mary as a sorbet! Boil the sugar and water in a pot and simmer until a syrupy mass forms. Then add a pitcher of the cocktail with Tabasco sauce, stir well and place in the icebox of the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can of course also use an ice machine.
The Tabasco Pepper Sauce from the McIlhenny Co. is definitely a classic for all-round use. And therefore, an original bottle must not be missing in any household. So you don't only own a traditional pepper sauce in the house - whether you use it for meat or pasta, or even for salad itself, a few splashes of your sauce will give each dish a peppy spice. Likewise, as an ingredient for cocktails, it gets your party going or it rounds off a successful dinner in sorbet.
Even if the source is not clear, Edmund McIlhenny was not just lucky. His Tabasco sauce is still on everyone's lips almost 150 years later. This is perhaps no less due to any protected rights. But the taste is unique and the pepper sauce from the Tabasco chilies has a very special flavor. Above all, it is made exclusively with natural ingredients. After all, McIlhenny Co. guarantees that preservative and artificial dyes are also completely absent. Although the Tabasco Pepper Sauce does not break any records regarding heat. Over time, some variations have been added and it is worth to test them!
In the Pepperworld Hot Shop you will find the most delicate varieties and the high-quality alternatives for those who like to try new things. And that's not difficult for Tabasco, because Tabasco is so popular nowadays that many cookbooks have included options in which you can use the sauce.
The famous red chili sauce from Louisiana in the handy standard bottle size (handy also on the go).
The most well known pod of the Capsicum frutescens. Simply grow it yourself, harvest and make your own hot sauces. BRAND NEW in the 2018 cultivation season
The famous red chili sauce from Louisiana in the larger bottle. (For those who like to spice up a little more)
Smoky hot Sauce with Chipotle and the barrel ripe Tabasco chilies in a handy bottle (also for on the go)
Smoky hot Hot Sauce with Chipotle and the barrel ripe Tabasco chilies in a bigger bottle (for those who like to spice up a lot)
probably the most well known capsicum frutescens pod. From this pod that has a heat that is more on the upper scale, the sauce that has the same name is produced. Heat (1-10): 8
The famous red chili sauce from Louisiana in the large stock bottle.
somewhat milder Jalapeno sauce from the Hot Sauce pioneer McIllhenny in a handy bottle (also for on the go)
A further sprout of the Tabasco family. Garlic spicy with the well known Louisiana feel.
The hottest sauce from the Tabasco family combined with classic red chilies with fiery Habanero and a pinch of exotic fruits
The Rookie of the Tabasco family cones in the best Western manner. Smoky spicy is exactly what you need for the right Country feeling
Tabasco offers in the USA an exclusive Sriracha sauce, in order to bring a successful combination of sweet chili and garlic Asia style flavor to your plate. Exclusive with us!
Tabasco® Raspberry Chipotle - slowly roasted red Jalapenos with the right amount of raspberry puree - extremely delicious!
Where there is written Tabasco, there is also Tabasco inside! Famous representative of the C. frutescens family.