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Travel Marking Tabasco's 150th birthday with a tour of Avery Island

23:50  13 june  2018
23:50  13 june  2018 Source:   ap.org

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To mark their 150 th anniversary, Tabasco has released a limited edition Diamond Reserve hot sauce. According to Tabasco , the new sauce is made “from a selection of the finest tabasco peppers on Avery Island , chosen Hotel Tabasco Rio, Río Lagartos (Mexico) Hotel Tabasco Rio

Events in conjunction with Tabasco ’ s 150 th birthday celebration include a re-staging in New Orleans of “ Tabasco : A Burlesque Opera,” a lighthearted production that toured for a time in the 1890s. Find Avery Island travel information at www. tabasco .com.

This June 4, 2018 photo shows a display that counts how many bottles of Tabasco sauce were produced at the Tabasco factory on Avery Island on that day alone by early afternoon: 168,760. The famous pepper sauce was first made in 1868 and celebrates its 150th year this year. In addition to visiting the factory, visitors can see exhibits about the history of Tabasco, enjoy free tastings and samples, shop, dine and tour a nature preserve called Jungle Gardens. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)© The Associated Press This June 4, 2018 photo shows a display that counts how many bottles of Tabasco sauce were produced at the Tabasco factory on Avery Island on that day alone by early afternoon: 168,760. The famous pepper sauce was first made in 1868 and celebrates its 150th year this year. In addition to visiting the factory, visitors can see exhibits about the history of Tabasco, enjoy free tastings and samples, shop, dine and tour a nature preserve called Jungle Gardens. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

AVERY ISLAND, La. — One of the world's most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year.

Edmund McIlhenny created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. The company is still headquartered there, and it is still run by McIlhenny's descendants.

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It' s made from tabasco peppers on Avery Island that are aged for 15 years. Tabasco has released a premium sauce to mark its 150 th anniversary. While the labeling needs work, don’t let that deter you

Tabasco has introduced Diamond Reserve, Tabasco Releases High-End ‘Champagne of Pepper Sauce’ for Its 150 th Birthday . man food. This celebratory sauce is made from a selection of the finest tabasco peppers on Avery Island , chosen for their superior color, texture and robustness.

But whether or not you're one of those pepper fiends who shakes Tabasco on everything from eggs to burgers, Avery Island is a fun destination with a neat history. Tour the Tabasco museum and factory, try free samples of Tabasco-infused goodies, dine on Cajun food and consider trying a bloody mary (spiked with Tabasco, of course). There's also a unique nature preserve called Jungle Gardens where you'll learn the story of how Avery Island helped save an entire species of bird from disappearing in the U.S.

Despite its name, though, Avery Island is not an island. It's a salt dome, a geological phenomenon in which an underground bed of salt pushes up the terrain. That salt is used to flavor Tabasco.

TABASCO HISTORY

As the story goes, McIlhenny planted some pepper seeds he'd been given and liked the peppers they grew. He mashed them up with Avery Island salt, let the mixture age, then added vinegar and packaged the result in bottles designed for cologne. The spicy sauce was a hit.

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TABASCO ® Factory Tour + Museum. McIlhenny Company, the maker of TABASCO ® Sauce, is marking this historic milestone with a yearlong celebration dedicated to the people There are 720 drops of TABASCO ® Sauce in each bottle and 700,000 bottles a day are produced in Avery Island .

Visit Our Home On Avery Island . Avery Island is a natural paradise located in southern Louisiana where the world famous TABASCO ® brand Pepper Sauce has been produced by the McIlhenny family since 1868. TABASCO ® TOUR .

Museum exhibits include vintage bottles along with the wooden barrels still used to age the sauce. A greenhouse displays some pepper plants, though the peppers are now mostly grown outside the U.S. The sauce is bottled here, though, and you'll get a good look at the factory where a stream of bright red bottles flies past. The factory can produce up to 700,000 bottles a day, and you'll see the day's tally on a digital ticker.

By the way, the seeds have no connection to the state of Tabasco in Mexico, but the word tabasco is derived from an Aztec term that means "humid land" and the seeds McIlhenny planted are said to have originated in Latin America.

Across the decades Tabasco has become a cultural phenomenon as well as a culinary staple. One video in the museum shows Tabasco turning up in everything from Bugs Bunny cartoons to James Bond movies. Tabasco was used as a wartime code word and was included as a condiment in prepackaged meals for U.S. soldiers. And it's sold in 195 countries and territories worldwide.

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The first batch of Tabasco was introduced in 1868 and the Avery Island , Louisiana-based production is still going strong in 2018. To honor this milestone birthday , the Tabasco brand and owners, the McIllhenny family, are throwing a year-long party.

A Behind the Scenes Tour of Avery Island - Home of Tabasco Hot Sauce. Last month I was invited to Avery Island as part of a group of bloggers for a behind the scenes tour of the McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco Pepper Sauce.

Tabasco's current CEO, Tony Simmons, is McIlhenny's great-great-grandson. He says only 2 to 4 percent of family businesses make it to the fourth generation, but Tabasco is already in the hands of the fifth generation.

"My family is very tied to Avery Island," Simmons told the AP Travel podcast "Get Outta Here!" in an interview . "Avery Island is part of the reason we've been able to hold onto our business for 150 years."

FOOD AND DRINK

At the onsite country store, you can try free samples of Tabasco-infused edibles ranging from soft ice cream to soda to pickles. Souvenirs for sale include men's underwear decorated with little red peppers.

Next door at the 1868 Restaurant, yummy Cajun food like gumbo, crawfish etouffee and boudin sausage is dished out cafeteria-style. And as long as someone else is doing the driving, go ahead and treat yourself to a bloody mary.

JUNGLE GARDENS

A short drive from the Tabasco complex, you'll find Jungle Gardens. A driving route offers a dozen numbered stops for attractions including a palm garden, live oaks and a 900-year-old Buddha statue. Watch where you step: alligators abound.

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Tabasco , Avery Island , LA. 3.8M likes. Welcome to the home of Tabasco South Africa. We love to hear how much you love us! Tabasco celebrated its 150 th birthday with a bash in London. Chefs, foodies and fans from around the world attended.

TABASCO ® brand products are made by McIlhenny Company, founded by Edmund McIlhenny in 1868 on Avery Island , Louisiana. It was here that he developed the recipe for TABASCO ® Original Red Pepper Sauce that' s been passed down from generation to generation.

But the highlight of Jungle Gardens is Bird City, where on a June day about 1,000 egrets could be seen chattering and calling to one another from raised platforms around a lagoon. Some swooped overhead as an alligator floated by.

The story of how the colony was established is remarkable. In the 1890s, snowy egrets had "almost been wiped out to extinction in the U.S.," according to Erik Johnson, director of bird conservation for Audubon Louisiana. The birds were hunted for their feathers, which were used in ladies' hats.

E.A. McIlhenny, son of Tabasco's founder, managed to acquire eight snowy egrets, built an aviary for them and hand-raised them. Then he set them free. When they returned on their seasonal migration, they brought more birds with them and the numbers grew. By the time former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, a champion of environmental conservation, visited Avery Island in 1915, he said 40,000 birds were nesting there.

Snowy egrets have rebounded nationwide since then, and these days several thousand nesting pairs of snowy and great egrets typically arrive on Avery Island in late winter and stay through summer. But McIlhenny's "legacy goes well beyond egrets," Johnson said. McIlhenny also helped secure passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was signed into law in 1918.

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The Worlds Famous TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce began on Avery Island in 1868. Take the TABASCO Factory tour where you will enjoy 10 stops on your tour including a film on the history of TABASCO Brand

We took a day trip to Cajun Country specifically to visit Tabasco and Avery Island . We were not disappointed. We started with the self guided walking tour through the museum and production buildings.

That means Tabasco's 150th birthday isn't the only milestone being marked this year. The Migratory Bird Act, credited with saving many bird species from extinction, marks its centennial this year, too.

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If You Go...

AVERY ISLAND, LOUISIANA: https://www.tabasco.com/visit-avery-island/. Located about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of New Orleans. Tabasco self-guided tour, $5.50. Jungle Gardens, $8. Combined ticket, $12.50. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

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Listen to a podcast about Tabasco and Avery Island on iTunes at http://apple.co/2s2ruHY

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