A little bit of Tabasco™ history (1865-1906)

by Hot Juan on July 2, 2009 · 2 comments

in General Information

Tabasco™ image linked to from Krones Inc.

Tabasco™ image linked to from Krones Inc

One of first successful commercial chilli products is a thin orange red and slightly sour sauce from Louisana.

The history of this sauces starts in around 1865 when Edmund McIlhenny returns home to Avery Island, Lousiana, after the American Civil War. He starts growing what is to become know as the Tabasco Chilli. Avery Island is well-suited to growing chillies, it hot, humid climate is ideal. In 1868 Edmund forms the “McIlhenny Company” which by 1870 has a patent for it Tabasco brand sauce. Things go so well that by 1872 they open an office in England to handle the demand from Europe.

After many legal battles with competitors in 1906 the McIlhenny Company registers “Tabasco” as a trademark.

Tabasco™ is still a major brand, the recipe is still very simple, Chilli mash, salt and vinegar,  aged and bottled. There are now a number of other chilli based products bearing the McIlhenny brand (see picture above)

This is probably the first chilli sauce that most people know, I don’t think I have been anywhere and not seen it for sale.. It must be the first truly global chilli product.

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avatar Hot Juan July 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Hi Stuart

yes, excellent book, and can be found on Amazon.



avatar Hotheadz July 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Hi Dave

UK Hot-Headz! may like to check out a book by Amal Naj simply entitled “Peppers”. It gives a really good account of the “tabasco wars” as well as being a great read on many other levels.

HAve a Hot Day!



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