Chili pepper plants have been about for hundreds of thousands of years and have been believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants. Hot sauce can be traced back to the earliest members of civilization. Hot sauce cultivation clues have become apparent in in archaeological digs studying the Aztecs. It is assumed that they began cultivating them before 3,500 B.C. Analyzing Aztec history shows that the Aztecs not only used hot sauce for flavor, but they used it for medicinal purposes as well.
Beginning in the early 1800’s, hot sauces begin the appear in the modern world.
In Massachusetts in 1807, bottled cayenne sauces began to appear and become popular.
Between the years of 1840 and 1860, McCollick & Company in New York City made Bird Pepper sauce by cultivating wild chiles.
In 1859, Edmund McIlhenny began to farm chilies until the civil war forced him out of the job.
In 1877, Willian Railton advertised a type of exotic hot sauce with medicinal benefits, leading to a boom in attraction to hot sauce.
In 1849, Louisiana banker Colonel Maunsell White grew the first recorded crop of Tabasco chiles. Also in 1849, Perrins Worestershire Sauce was imported into the United States of America.
In 1912, the Scoville Unit creates a test to measure the hotness of particular hot sauces. Here, they discovered that bell peppers have a range of 0-100 Scoville Units while a Habanero pepper has about 300,000 Scoville units.
Between 1918 and 1928, manufacturing hot sauce became increasingly popular, but the industry didn’t thrive as well as it could have because of the impact of The Great Depression.
In 1957, Colonel White manufactures and produces Tabasco hot sauce.
In 1980, the El Paso Chile company began to experiment with new hot sauce ideas by adding cilantro and prickly pear cactus juice. 1980 was the start for many big hot sauce names such as: Panola, Franks, and Montezuma
In 1992, Salsa replaced Ketchup as the United States of America’s top condiment.
In 1994, Pace and Old El Paso began to control half the market for Mexican hot sauces in the United States of America.
Hot sauce has a long history of popularity and health benefits. Throughout time, people learned to cultivate hot peppers and turn them into healthy hot sauce for everyones enjoyment, and the hot sauce industry has boomed over the years, bringing in billions of dollars to hot sauce companies. In every restaurant, there’s usually a hot sauce bottle on the table. In every fridge, there’s usually multiple bottles of hot sauce in the condiment area.