Hot and Spicy Sauces are very popular all around the world
When I am not writing blogs or on social media, I can be found eating very hot sauces or messing with chilli plants. We all need a hobby or two. Mine just happens to involve burning my mouth and losing the feeling in my tongue.
The global hot sauce market size was valued at USD 2.29 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 3.77 billion by the end of 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.5% in the forecast period.
So, as you can see, hot sauces are real hot stuff (no pun intended) and getting more popular each year. There are tv programmes, videos, blogs, articles and more, all on the subject of hot sauces.
What is the hottest of the Hot Sauces?
The world’s hottest sauce is called Mad Dog 357 Plutonium No. 9 and comes in at 9 million Scoville Hotness Units (SHUs). Or, put it another way; you would need to consume 3,600 bottles of Tabasco Sauce to 1 bottle of Mad Dog.357!
There is a fantastic website for Hot Sauce Geeks and, if you are interested, a quick visit to this site will get you hooked.
The effect of hot sauces on the human body
Hot sauce raises your body temperature, in a process called thermogenesis. As a result, you sweat, turn red as your capillaries dilate, and your nose runs as your mucous membranes try to flush out whatever is behind this. Remember, all of this is in response to totally imaginary heat. See more.
There you have it. If you are silly enough to overdo the sauce, you will experience severe pain. However, there are people such as I who absolutely love the heat and taste of these hot sauces.
To this end, if I come across a new sauce on the shelves of the supermarket, I will try it.
Al Sur del Infierno
My latest acquirement is called ‘Al Sur del Infierno’ or ‘The South of Hell!”
Al Sur del Infierno, super spicy sauce is made by hand in the Sierra Nevada (Granada). From a secret recipe with origins in California (this sauce is the bomb!) It is still very tasty, made with lots of fresh Red Savina type habanero, dry powdered habanero, and a touch of capsaicin extract from India, lots of garlic, onion, carrot, and fresh lemon juice. See more.