Globalisation’s affecting everywhere and every one and no industry’s exempt, even producers of hot sauce. While the Mexican hot sauce industry still wears the overall crown – Mexican sauces are ranked 10th (Valentina Salsa Picante) and 2nd (Cholula) in the US, according to Thrillist’s latest ranking, Thailand’s Sriracha, based in Los Angeles, took the top spot. But Mexico’s hanging in there: most of the rest of the top 10 trace their ancestry to Mexico, where the population used chilis as far back as 7000 BC, for flavouring and medicinal purposes.
Columbus appears to have brought the first peppers to Europe in the 15th century, and they migrated North to Louisiana, home of much of the US hot sauce industry, from Mexico in the mid-19th century. Family firms are the main makers of Mexican output, and you can make your own at home.
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