HISTORY

The Original Pepper Sauce

In the beginning there was no pepper sauce…
Not until Edmund McIlhenny invented the category in 1868 and TABASCO® sauce was born.
 
 
 
In 1870 Edmund McIlhenny received a patent for his unique formula for processing peppers into a fiery red sauce and that original process is still how it’s made today. Avery Island is inhabited by many exotic plant and animal species and the private island is the only place in the world where Tabasco is made. The company is still owned and operated by direct descendants of Edmund McIlhenny.