TABASCO® History

According to family tradition, TABASCO® Original Red Sauce was created in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny.

A food lover and avid gardener, McIlhenny was given seed of Capsicum frutescens peppers that had come from Mexico or Central America.  Edmund planted the seeds on Avery Island in South Louisiana, he nurtured the plants and delighted in the spicy flavour of the peppers and in so doing he started the story of TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce.