Tabasco Sauce- Hot SauceHot sauces aren’t created equal. However, there is one common factor they all share, and that’s the chili pepper. Since the creation of Tabasco sauce, peppers have been used for their distinctively zesty punch to add spark to all kinds of different foods. Look at the back of the label on any Hot Sauce and you’re sure to find some kind of pepper on the ingredients list, it’ll usually be towards the top since manufactures list the most heavily used ingredients first.

Now before we continue here’s a couple facts you can use to impress your friends, just remember to give us credit (just kidding…unless you want to of course ).

FIRST fun fact – did you know that the chili pepper is actually the fruit of the plants from the genus Capsicum? Most people associate peppers as a vegetable when it’s actually a fruit.

SECOND fun fact – Not only should we remember Christopher Columbus for sailing the seven seas, we also should remember him as the man who helped create the name pepper. And to his credit we should thank him, it’s much easier to say “pass the pepper”, rather than “pass the fruit of the Capsicum plants of the nightshade family Solanaceae”.

There are many different kinds of chili peppers; jalapenos, bell peppers, chili peppers, ghost peppers, and serrano peppers to name a few. The many different kinds of peppers all come in different colors, shapes, flavors and all have their own spot on the Scoville Scale – a measurement of how hot a pepper is.

Peppers derive their spiciness from an ingredient inside called Capsaicin. The amount of Capsaicin in the pepper determines whether you’ll take a bite of a pepper and calmly enjoy its taste, or sweat like a waterfall while trying to fan the flames from your mouth.

And when it comes to making hot sauce the pepper ranks king, with other ingredients like tomatoes, vinegar, salt, garlic, playing a supporting role by supplying a unique taste. When developers make their hot sauces they choose a particular kind of pepper not so much for its flavor, but for how hot they want their product since different peppers have different levels of spiciness.

If you’re looking to make your own hot sauce you’ll want to research the different kinds of peppers to see which one you prefer, this obviously being subjective to your taste buds and how well you can handle the heat. So make sure to find out where each pepper lies on the Scoville Scale to know how hot your sauce is going to turn out.

So when you’re looking to impress your significant other by putting your home made hot sauce in tonight’s chili, might we suggest NOT adding any ghost peppers to the sauce, you might turn a romantic night into a long fight after they’re done sweating and gasping for air.

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